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Patrick Hannan (presenter)

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Patrick Hannan MBE26 September 1941 – 11 October 2009 was a Welsh political journalist, author and television and radio presenter

The son of an Irish doctor who migrated to Wales in the 1930s, he was born and raised in Aberaman, near Aberdare in South Wales He was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School, where Anthony Hopkins was a fellow pupil; and at Aberystwyth University, where he first entered journalism writing for the college newspaper, The Courier

He joined the graduate training scheme at Western Mail in the mid-1960s, becoming industrial editor, before joining BBC Wales in 1970 He became a presenter of daily regional news programme Wales Today For thirteen years he was the BBC's political correspondent in Wales, and had a weekly series on BBC Radio Wales He broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 4, presenting the political and discussion programmes, Out of Order and Tea Junction

He was well known as one half of the Welsh team in the popular Round Britain Quiz, and for the fifth time in ten years with his colleague Peter Stead had won the 2009 competition He produced documentary programmes for BBC2, BBC Wales and HTV He wrote four books, and edited two

Awarded an MBE in 1994 for services to broadcasting, he was an honorary fellow of Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University

He married Menna Richards, now director of BBC Wales, in 1985 He had two sons and a daughter from his first marriage He died after a short illness

Publications

  • Wales on the Wireless: A Broadcasting Anthology, ed, 1988, Gomer Press in association with BBC, ISBN 0 86383 447 7
  • The Welsh Illusion 1999
  • Wales Off Message 2000
  • 2001 A Year in Wales 2001
  • When Arthur Met Maggie 2006
  • A Useful Fiction: Adventures in British Democracy 2009

References

  1. ^ "Obituary - Patrick Hannan" Daily Telegraph 2009-10-11 Retrieved 2009-10-11 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Broadcaster Hannan dies aged 68" BBC Wales 2009-10-11 Retrieved 2009-10-11 
  3. ^ "Patrick Hannan" Welsh Icons Archived from the original on 2012-12-25 Retrieved 2009-10-11 
  4. ^ Stephens, Meic 2009-10-11 "Obituary - Patrick Hannan" London: The Guardian Retrieved 2009-10-11 
  5. ^ "Patrick Hannan" Seren Books Retrieved 2009-10-11 

External links

  • Bio at BBC Radio Wales
  • BBC Obituary
  • Obituary at the Daily Telegraph

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