Gwilym Owen Wiki Gwilym Owen Biography
Gwilym Owen (1931 – July 12, 2019) was a Welsh journalist and broadcaster . In his career he was a reporter, presenter, producer, head of news at HTV Wales and BBC Wales and a columnist.
Early age and education
Gwilym was born at Llanerchymedd on Anglesey, the son of a farm servant. He was the brother of Derwyn, Beti and Tecwyn. He attended the village primary school and then Llangefni secondary school. He went on to Bangor University before spending two years with the Air Force. He began working as a director and youth leader in Maesgeirchen, Bangor, as an adjunct to I B Griffith. He had a keen interest in soccer and was a renowned referee until 1965.
He began his television career in the 1960s as a correspondent for TWW television in North Wales under the direction of Wyn Roberts. He then moved to HTV Wales when TWW came to an end. He founded the current affairs program The Week, which aired on Monday nights between 1970 and 1982. In June 1970 he accepted a position as producer of the Cardiff Y Dydd news program, produced by HTV Wales. He was later appointed news and current affairs director for HTV Cymru.
In June 1970 he accepted the position of producer for Y Dydd’s programs in Cardiff, before being appointed news and current affairs director for HTV Wales. In November 1982, he moved to the BBC as news editor for BBC Radio Cymru. He then became deputy director of news and current affairs for the BBC Wales and then chief. In the 1980s he chaired the radio show Question Time, where a panel answered questions from the public on current affairs and politics. Gwilym Owen was the original president of the Pawb a’i Farn program when the question and answer format was converted to television in 1993.
He was married to Eirlys and they had a daughter, Eleri. Since he retired he lived in Bangor. He wrote his autobiography Crych Temporary in 2003.
Although he was a regular critic of the National Eisteddfod, he was accepted into the Gorsedd at the 1997 National Eisteddfod in Bala, saying that “this is the only honor for a Welsh speaker”.
Death and tributes
He died at Eryri Hospital, Caernarfon, at the age of 87 after a brief illness . He received a series of tributes, highlighting his aggressive and provocative style, as well as his considerable contribution to journalism .
“Gwilym Owen was one of the best journalists I have seen in Wales, he was thorough, he was insightful as he examined our organizations in detail.”
“Gwilym was one of the giants of the Welsh broadcasting world, the Welsh journalistic world. He had a good nose for a story and a determination to get under the skin of that story.”
“In his sharp and thorough questioning, Gwilym did not escape: he was a journalist by instinct and had the obvious talent to get under the skin of any organization.”
– Setter Talfan Davies
According to Dafydd Iwan, Gwilym Owen did not “see eye to eye” on a number of issues, finding them “easier to discuss than to agree”.