I Was There [Radio Wales]

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I Was There ... When Radio Wales Began2018111320181230 (RW)

In celebration of Radio Wales' 40th anniversary, Chris Stuart reunites some of the key figures from the station's earliest days to relive the story of how it began. Guests include veteran broadcaster Vincent Kane whose daily current affairs show Meet For Lunch show became essential listening and presenter Anita Morgan, the first voice to be heard on the newly launched station in 1978. Mid-morning presenter Dan Damon - who now works for BBC World Service - also adds his recollections.

As well as insights from those who were in front of the microphone we'll hear anecdotes from those who worked behind the scenes of Radio Wales 40 years ago - Kate Fenton and John Geraint, who were then young researcher/producers fresh from university.

And we'll hear how the early days of Radio Wales were marked by controversy and disquiet - some of it emanating from BBC Wales itself - as rival factions of journalists and those who championed a more populist approach argued over the direction the new station should take.

In celebration of Radio Wales' 40th anniversary Chris Stuart reunites its first presenters

A look back in time with the voices of the people who can say "I was there".

I Was There ... When Radio Wales Began2018111320181230 (RW)

In celebration of Radio Wales' 40th anniversary, Chris Stuart reunites some of the key figures from the station's earliest days to relive the story of how it began. Guests include veteran broadcaster Vincent Kane whose daily current affairs show Meet For Lunch show became essential listening and presenter Anita Morgan, the first voice to be heard on the newly launched station in 1978. Mid-morning presenter Dan Damon - who now works for BBC World Service - also adds his recollections.

As well as insights from those who were in front of the microphone we'll hear anecdotes from those who worked behind the scenes of Radio Wales 40 years ago - Kate Fenton and John Geraint, who were then young researcher/producers fresh from university.

And we'll hear how the early days of Radio Wales were marked by controversy and disquiet - some of it emanating from BBC Wales itself - as rival factions of journalists and those who championed a more populist approach argued over the direction the new station should take.

In celebration of Radio Wales' 40th anniversary Chris Stuart reunites its first presenters

A look back in time with the voices of the people who can say "I was there".

The Winter of Discontent20190124

In a special programme to mark the 40th anniversary of The Winter of Discontent, Chris Stuart asks his guests to share their memories of this turbulent time in British political and economic history. Public sector pay strikes brought the UK to a standstill as tens of thousands of workers showed their anger at the government's attempt to impose a 5% pay ceiling.

Cardiff was among the cities hosting mass demonstrations as workers ranging from NHS staff to grave diggers went on strike in the biggest display of industrial action since the General Strike in 1926. As rubbish piled up in the streets, the opposition - led by Margaret Thatcher - attacked the Labour Government over its refusal to call a state of emergency. It was a dispute that would have a seismic affect, leading to the downfall of Callaghan and his government and consigning Labour to opposition for the next 19 years.

Joining Chris in studio to discuss the Winter of Discontent 40 years on are Dr Kim Howells, then a National Union of Mineworkers official, former political editor and broadcaster Glyn Mathias and historian Professor Dai Smith. We also hear from people who were caught up in the industrial action 40 years ago.

Chris Stuart asks his guests to share their memories of The Winter of Discontent

A look back in time with the voices of the people who can say "I was there".

The Winter of Discontent2019012420190127 (RW)

In a special programme to mark the 40th anniversary of The Winter of Discontent, Chris Stuart asks his guests to share their memories of this turbulent time in British political and economic history. Public sector pay strikes brought the UK to a standstill as tens of thousands of workers showed their anger at the government's attempt to impose a 5% pay ceiling.

Cardiff was among the cities hosting mass demonstrations as workers ranging from NHS staff to grave diggers went on strike in the biggest display of industrial action since the General Strike in 1926. As rubbish piled up in the streets, the opposition - led by Margaret Thatcher - attacked the Labour Government over its refusal to call a state of emergency. It was a dispute that would have a seismic affect, leading to the downfall of Callaghan and his government and consigning Labour to opposition for the next 19 years.

Joining Chris in studio to discuss the Winter of Discontent 40 years on are Dr Kim Howells, then a National Union of Mineworkers official, former political editor and broadcaster Glyn Mathias and historian Professor Dai Smith. We also hear from people who were caught up in the industrial action 40 years ago.

Chris Stuart asks his guests to share their memories of The Winter of Discontent

A look back in time with the voices of the people who can say "I was there".