Radio veteran Chris Stuart dies at the age of 73

Former BBC Radio Wales and Radio 2 presenter and producer Chris Stuart has died aged 73.

Chris was one of the first hosts on Radio Wales in 1978 as breakfast news reader, and also hosted shows on BBC Radio 4.

He was born in Durham, brought up in the Midlands and moved to Wales for work.

BBC Cymru Wales director Rhuanedd Richards has paid tribute, saying: “Chris used his intelligence, curiosity and engaging personality to brilliant effect.

“He was instrumental in ensuring the success of Radio Wales in its early days and became one of its defining and most recognised voices.

“He could engage with any topic and find the right words for the big occasions.”

BBC Radio Wales broadcast a special 30 minute programme with Roy Noble on Wednesday evening as a tribute to the broadcaster.

Chris and his wife Megan, a former producer on BBC Woman’s Hour, set up their own production company called Presentable in 1993.

Presentable was the company behind BBC quiz Only Connect and Late Night Poker on Channel 4.