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BBC Radio launches second Welsh-language breakfast show

By | Published on Monday 26 June 2017


The BBC is set to offer two Welsh-language breakfast shows in Wales via the launch of BBC Radio Cymru 2. While the main Radio Cymru channel will continue to air more newsy programming in the morning, the new channel – available online, on DAB digital radio and via digital TV platforms – will have a more music and entertainment focused show first thing in the morning.

The new spin-off service follows the previously reported BBC Radio Cymru Mwy venture that operated last year as part of the Welsh-language service’s 40th anniversary celebrations. It also had a skew towards music and entertainment in its output.

Confirming the new full-time second channel, BBC Radio Cymru Editor Betsan Powys said: “This is a truly historic announcement – one of the most important since Radio Cymru was established in 1977. Our listeners are some of the most loyal in Wales and the fact that we can now offer a choice of listening is incredibly exciting”.

The BBC has also announced it will expand the reach of English language BBC Radio Wales on the FM dial so that it is available in 91% of Wales, compared to the current 79%.