THE search has begun for a television presenter to replace ITV1 Wales newsreader Lucy Owen.
The small-screen favourite is leaving the Culverhouse Cross-based channel in two weeks to join the BBC – and is also four months’ pregnant.
Lucy, 36, and husband Rhodri, 35, who live in Llangan, Vale of Glamorgan, spent two years trying for a baby since getting married in 2004.
Lucy, who has co-fronted Wales Tonight since 1997, is due to start on BBC Wales Today next month, replacing long-time presenter Sara Edwards.
Lucy’s current bosses at ITV Wales have now taken the unusual move of putting job advertisements in newspapers alerting potential candidates to the vacancy on the Wales Tonight settee next to Jonathan Hill.
The advert says: “This is a high-profile appointment and only those who can show considerable news presenting ability will be considered.”
But bosses are coy about cash, saying only: “The salary will reflect the importance of the role”.
Though no applicants have yet gone public domain, the Echo today looks at some of the likely – and unlikely – candidates.
n Justina Simpson. Already a respected journalist and part-time presenter on ITV1 Wales’ flagship news programme.
n Sara Edwards. As the woman Lucy is replacing at Broadcasting House, Sara might fancy a straight-swap with Culverhouse Cross.
n Angela Jay. Real Radio’s breakfast show presenter is a rising star in Welsh media circles and may branch into television.
n Juliet Piper. Former breakfast show newsreader on Red Dragon FM. Since joining ITV Wales she often presents weekend and late-night bulletins.
n Charlotte Church. The new mum has television experience and is already a household name!