Frances Donovan

Frances was born in Cardiff and attended University there. Her career in broadcasting started in radio - at 210FM in Reading and Severn Sound in Gloucester. She went from there to HTV West before going on to Meridian TV, ITN and Sky News. This lead to her working on Sky Sports and News 24 Sport. She has reported from a number of Six Nations OB's for BBC Network Sport and has also presented from the Commonwealth Games for BBC Wales.

Frances is a familiar and popular host to viewers and listeners throughout Wales and beyond. She's a much respected anchor of sports programming including 'Wales on Saturday', 'Sports Personality of the Year', 'International Snooker', 'Bowls' and 'Boxing' all for BBC television. She's been the face of the BBC's golf coverage in Wales for the last seven years and is also the only female sports anchor to host BBC Wales' iconic rugby programme 'Scrum V'. For five years, she was the host of the nightly sports news on BBC 2 and also presented a weekly football chat show and a sport magazine show for the channel.

Frances has also hosted 'Soccer Night' for ITV West, where she was complimented for beating all her football guests in a Wii football competition! On all networks, she has interviewed the big names in Welsh and international sport but with her easy going style and warmth, has also brought the best out of the less well-known faces. On radio, she's the lively and - of necessity - quick witted host of the sports quiz 'Extra Time' for BBC Radio Wales and, all in a day's work, she has also reported from the Welsh stage of the World Rally Championship for Five Live.

Away from sport, Frances is also an authoritative news presenter. She regularly anchors ITV 1 Wales' nightly news programme 'Wales Tonight' and is also a familiar face to West Country viewers as a presenter of ITV West's news magazine 'The West Tonight'.

Frances recently showed she can get tackle the business world too when she persuaded ten Welsh entrepreneurs to reveal their skills, hopes and fears in 'The Secrets of My Success' for ITV 1 Wales and also showed her love of history and adventure in the BBC series 'History Hunters'. She was one of the faces of the BBC's coverage of the Royal Welsh Show for four years, where she's taken on the challenge of climbing a hundred foot pole, competing in the Pony Club mounted games and performing in the Young Farmers Karaoke competition - she's anything but faint hearted! She has also co-hosted the three hour morning magazine programme ' Jamie and Louise' for BBC Radio Wales.

Frances is one of the presenters on the new ITV 1 Wales art, entertainment and culture programme 'The Wales Show'.

Frances is a calm and skilled host of live events. She presented 'Children in Need' for BBC Wales for seven years and also anchored a seven hour OB for the BBC series 'Tune Team' at Cardiff Castle.

Away from broadcasting, Frances is in demand as a host of corporate events. She has presented a number of dinners and conferences for HSBC throughout Wales and for NCR throughout the world. She has been the regular host of conferences for the Wales Tourism Alliance and has been the Master of Ceremonies at the testimonial dinners of several rugby and cricket internationals, as well as hosting a number of events for the Cardiff Blues. She is the regular host of the Welsh Football Trust's annual awards dinner and anchored a number of corporate dinners during the last Rugby World Cup.

Away from work Frances is an ambassador for the Welsh Football Trust as well as St John Cymru. She is also actively involved with a number of animal welfare charities.

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