Owain Wyn Evans is set to join the early morning BBC crew after being announced as Vanessa Feltz’s Radio 2 replacement.
The broadcaster announced its latest programme schedule, which will see Owain take on the early morning breakfast show after Vanessa’s departure for TalkTV.
Welsh broadcaster and weatherman Owain, 38, has 20 years of experience on TV and radio but found wider fame during lockdown when a video of him drumming along to the BBC News theme tune went wildly viral.
It marks a big move for the BBC, with Owain presenting his programme from the BBC Cymru Wales broadcast centre in Cardiff starting in January 2023 making it the first programme on the station to move out of London as part of the BBC’s Across The UK plan.
He said of the exciting gig: ‘When I asked my parents for a pair of turntables and a mixing desk from a DJ shop in Llanelli when I was 13 I never allowed myself to dream that one day I’d have my own show on Radio 2!
‘I can’t wait to help kickstart the day on Early Breakfast live from Cardiff. Bore da dahlings as we say in Wales!’
Vanessa previously announced that she was leaving her shows on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London.
Helen Thomas, head of Radio 2, said: ‘I’d like to welcome Owain to the Radio 2 family. His deep connection with Wales is obvious and I’m delighted he will be broadcasting live from Cardiff every weekday morning.
‘His warmth and wit make him the perfect host to set up the day for our listeners right across the country, who have clearly and warmly taken him to their hearts each time he has presented in this slot.’
Amid the news, it was also announced Scott Mills, who recently bid a teary farewell to Radio 1, will also launch his new weekday afternoon show on Halloween after taking over from Steve Wright.
Alongside Scott, several of the Beeb’s long-standing presenters have departed their shows in recent months, including Paul O’Grady, while Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are the latest presenters to leave the BBC for rival broadcasters.
Mills, who recently signed off his final Radio 1 show after 24 years, said of his new slot: ‘A brand new era begins for me at my new home, BBC Radio 2.
‘In an attempt to scare me even more, the bosses have decided my very first show is on Halloween!’
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