New Evening Programmes for Radio Wales Sport
BBC Radio Wales is introducing new sport programmes from August to capitalise on one of the most successful periods of Welsh sport ever.
About the programmes
As the new football season gets underway later in the Summer, August 12 will see Radio Wales launch a new nightly edition of Radio Wales Sport. On Mondays to Thursdays, Steffan Garrero will bring listeners a mix of commentary, big interviews and conversation on a wide range of Welsh sport. On Friday nights, Rick O’Shea brings his Redzone fans commentary of Pro 12 rugby to Radio Wales.
BBC Radio Wales Sport on Saturdays will bring listeners the usual mix of commentaries from the nations' key football fixtures, followed by a brand-new sports phone-in on Saturday evenings.
Call Rob Phillips will speak to fans on the fortunes of their teams between 5.30pm and 7pm. Rob, recently named Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, will present the programme from one of the grounds he’s been commentating at that afternoon.
Welsh Sport on a high
Steve Austins, Editor of BBC Radio Wales, said: “Recent listening figures show that people’s appetite for Welsh sport is on a high. And after a season which has seen Welsh sides win the Six Nations Championship, the Football League Cup, two promotions and the FA Trophy, who can blame them.
“Next season we’ll have two sides in the Premier League, Europa League football for Swansea and a Commonwealth Games on the horizon, so these really are exciting times for Welsh sport. The introduction of Steffan and Rick to the nightly schedule, and Call Rob Phillips on Saturdays, will offer sports fans more appointments to listen to BBC Radio Wales throughout the week.”
Steffan Garrero said: “I'm hugely excited to be given the opportunity of returning to BBC Radio Wales after a great year working on the Sport Wales TV show. After a massively successful year for both Welsh football and rugby, and with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, a nightly sport programme is going to be a lot of fun.”
Rob Phillips said: “We’ve enjoyed an absolutely unbelievable time for Welsh club football and I’m already excited about next season. Throughout the season we’ve brought the action and then the reaction. We hear from the managers, the players and our pundits. But Call Rob Phillips will be the chance for fans to air their views.
“Supporters are always passionate with their opinions and, for us, it’ll be a case of the stronger the better.”
Sport through the week on Radio Wales
“These new programmes allow us to offer more to a growing base of listeners who come to us just for sport,” said Editor Steve Austins. “It also gives us all important consistency five nights a week, which we currently don’t have.
“No schedule changes come without difficult decisions, and these changes mean Alan Thompson’s Evening Show and Saturday’s The Back Page come to an end.
Alan will be back hosting a new weekly music show on Sunday nights from September, and his series I Write The Songs also returns later in the year. Despite The Evening Show coming to an end, our commitment to live Welsh music will remain as strong as ever with live weekly sessions on Louise Elliott and on weekend programmes like Bethan Elfyn, Jamie Owen and Roy Noble.
“My thanks also go to Peter Jackson and the production team of The Back Page, which I’m also bringing to an end from August. The Back Page has been a regular fixture of the station’s Saturday morning schedule for many years and has delivered some excellent sports journalism – standards the new nightly edition of Radio Wales Sport will no doubt uphold. Meanwhile, Peter will return with a new series of Jacko’s Sporting Almanac at the end of the summer.
“If you’re a Welsh sports fan, I know you’re already looking forward to what the next 12 months will bring. I hope you’ll enjoy it with us on BBC Radio Wales."