A busy evening was had at Abergavenny Library on Tuesday 9th February when an event organised by Cymreigyddion Y Fenni as part of the fund raising activities for the 2016 National Eisteddfod was held. The guest speaker was Betsan Powys who is Editor of Programmes (Director) for BBC Radio Cymru. During the evening she outlined her career in broadcasting included news reporting for HTV where she achieved a worldwide scoop for her interviews with Welsh soldiers held hostage whilst serving with the UN peace-keeping force in Bosnia. The officer in charge allowed the very frank interview to be broadcast provided that it was exclusively in the “Celtic Tongue”! During her time with the BBC in London she was part of the Panorama team and also reported on Election specials with Huw Edwards. From the Cardiff studios she presented many Welsh language current affairs programmes, such as Newyddion and Ewropa. She gained the BT Welsh Journalsit of the Year Award for her presentation of Week In Week Out. She discussed her current role with BBC Cymru where she has the challenge to deliver a series of programmes in Welsh to suit the range of audiences that are served by Radios, 2,3 and 4 in English as well as Radio Wales and other local stations: an unenviable task.
Prior to the main part of the evening the TV cameras arrived and the interviewer Gwenllian Glyn interviewed Dr. Elin Jones who has recently been invited to be President of The Eisteddfod ; Frank Olding, Chairman of the Executive committee; Ruth Roberts and Robin Davies who are leading the Appeal Committees in Abergavenny and Monmouth respectively. The item, ruthlessly edited, was broadcast on Newyddion 9 on Monday 15th February.
The organisers very much appreciated the use of the library being put at their disposal for the evening especially because it provided such an ideal environment for the occasion. Thanks were given to the library staff for all their assistance in setting up the room and for their warm welcome.