This is the 25th NLW Welsh Political Archive annual lecture in a celebrated series instituted back in 1987. She is, however, only the third woman to deliver this prestigious lecture.
Menna Richards OBE was the Controller of BBC Wales from February 2000 until her recent retirement February 2011. She was the first woman to hold the post of a BBC National Controller. Not surprisingly given her background, her lecture will be under the tantalising title of ‘“I settled Wales last Thursday” – a view from the frontier of Broadcasting’.
Born at Maesteg in 1953, she attended Maesteg Grammar School and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her start in broadcasting was as a reporter and producer for HTV Wales in the current affairs department. She rose to become Managing Director of HTV Wales, before the company was taken over by United News & Media. She reported on politics in Wales and Westminster, from the USA, the former Soviet Union and Europe.
She was married to the TV presenter Patrick Hannan, dubbed the “doyen of the Welsh journalists”, who died suddenly in 2009 after a short illness. Patrick Hannan, who died on October 11 aged 68, was a BBC broadcaster and one of the best-known journalists in Wales, admired for his authority, erudition and wit. By coincidence, the first ever Patrick Hannan Memorial lecture was held last night at the National Library of Wales, with another Welsh woman, former MEP, Baroness Eluned Morgan, giving the lecture.
Admission to the lecture is free, but it is advisable to book tickets before hand. You can book the tickets from the Library’s Shop or online.