Welsh TV pioneer Owen Edwards dies at age 76
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
, the former director of and the first chief executive of Welsh language television station , died on Monday at the age of 76. Edwards had suffered from for over twenty years.
Edwards started his career with the BBC in 1950 as a broadcaster. He worked on regional news programmes and reported on such events as the. In 1961 he began presenting Heddiw (‘Today’), the BBC's Welsh early evening news programme. He took a role behind the camera in 1966.
In 1974, Edwards was made director of BBC Wales. Under his control, bothand were launched. He left the post in 1981 to found S4C, a Welsh language television station. He stayed with the channel until his retirement in 1989. In 2008, Edwards was presented with a special achievement award for his contributions to media.
, the current director of BBC Wales, commented on Edwards death. She said, “He was a man who truly loved Wales, and his legacy to our nation's public life is rich and enduring.” Current S4C chair said, “He managed to establish a Welsh language television service that was admired throughout the world.”
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