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ITV News in Wales: Meet the team

Andrea Byrne and Jonathan Hill Photo: ITV News

Our flagship programme with Jonathan Hill and Andrea Byrne goes out at 6pm every weekday on ITV with all the latest news, weather, sport and information from across the country. The programme was voted News Programme of the Year in the ITV Regions & Nations Awards 2012 and also won a gold in the Live Presentation category.

Hourly news, travel and weather updates are featured in ITV Daybreak at 6.05am, 7.05am and 8.05am. Our next bulletin is at 1.55pm after the ITV News at lunchtime. And you can catch up with our late news update after News at Ten at 10.30pm. Our Saturday and Sunday bulletins are shown between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, our 24-hour news site is packed with broadcast quality video and aims to bring real-time rolling news to the public in a slick and efficient digital product. Optimised for use on mobiles and tablets, the service gives people a great new way to follow breaking news.

Our authoritative team of specialist correspondents and reporters tell the big stories of the day, informed by arresting images and trusted analysis - on screen and online.

We work closely with colleagues across ITV News – ITN, Daybreak and the regional newsrooms in England – as part of an integrated and collaborative service.

Jonathan Hill

Twitter: @JonathanITV

For the last 15 years Jonathan has been the face of ITV Wales’ flagship news programme, Wales Tonight. Jonathan began his career as a journalist with HTV in 1993 after training at the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff.

During this time he’s covered a wide range of stories in the field – from peacekeeping in Bosnia to tracking down drug smugglers in Spain. In 2001 he was named BT Welsh Journalist of the Year and BT Welsh News Broadcaster of the Year.

Jonathan also presented the popular series Crime Secrets and Helicops and has won two BAFTA Cymru Best Current Affairs awards working with the Wales This Week team.

In 2009, Jonathan was appointed Associate Editor at ITV Wales with editorial responsibility for English language programming.

This includes the award-winning investigative series Wales This Week, Fishlock’s Wales and The Ferret.

Jonathan is a patron of the George Thomas Hospice in Cardiff and also Crimestoppers Wales, and is ITV Wales’ representative on the BAFTA Cymru committee. He was born in Cardiff and now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with his wife and two children.

Andrea Byrne

Twitter: @AndreaByrneTV

Andrea joined ITV Wales as co-anchor of Wales Tonight in 2008 and is now one of the faces of ITV News, regularly presenting the national news from London.

She anchored coverage when the News of the World closed, when Britain engaged inmilitary action with Libya and when the Japanese earthquake and tsunami struck. She was also part of special ITV rolling news coverage from Wales for the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchessof Cambridge.

Andrea has hosted the entertainment series The Wales Show and the politics programme Sharp End. She spoke to Prince Harry for one of his first solo TV interviews and she’s even presented Wales Tonight live from the summit of Snowdon.

Andrea has an English Literature degree from Southampton University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Highbury College and a Politics Diploma from the Open University. She started her career in local radio before becoming news editor for a local TV station and then moving to ITV Meridian, where her series of reports on the RAF preparing for Afghanistan was nominated for an RTS award. She coordinated news coverage on the day of the 7/7 London bombings.

Away from the studio, Andrea is an Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and a Patron for Kidney Wales. She is married to Wales rugby player Lee Byrne.

Andrew Jones

Twitter: @AndrewJones3

Andrew has an early start every weekday morning presenting the Wales news bulletins for Daybreak.

He’s used to the hours having done similar work on radio stations in Worcester, Wolverhampton and Cardiff where he was News Editor.

Andrew presents the 6.10 am, 7.10am and 8.10am news bulletins as well as the lunchtime news at 1.55pm.

The early shift involves contacting the emergency services for any overnight developments, checking scripts and pictures and presenting the bulletins.

Having studied Geology at University College Cardiff, Andrew's passionate about science especially Physics and Astronomy.

Ruth Wignall

Twitter: @ruthwignall

Ruth started her working life in radio, recording celebrity interviews for a daily chat show. A degree in communications followed and ITV sponsored her on a post-graduate course for journalists at Cardiff University.

Ruth trained as a news reporter and presenter and was highly commended as BT Welsh Young Journalist of the Year. She has also presented many other programmes, including The Ferret, Grassroots, Texaco Young Musician of Wales, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and The Royal Welsh Show.

A change of career beckoned when Ruth was asked to present the weather for ITV in Wales. After some intense Met Office training, Ruth is often to be found in front of a weather map.

Adrian Masters

Twitter: @adrianmasters84

Adrian Masters has been our Political Editor since November 2010. You'll see him reporting most evenings from the National Assembly or from Westminster.

He also presents our Thursday night politics programme, Sharp End and Face to Face, in which he interviews a single guest with a prominent public profile.

Before joining ITV, Adrian was one of BBC Wales's most senior correspondents and has nearly 20 years presenting and reporting experience in TV and radio.

James Wright

Twitter:@jameswrighttv

James studied Business Administration at university in Cardiff followed by a stint as a trainee manager at Marks and Spencer before choosing a career in broadcasting.

His first taste of journalism came at BBC Radio Wales, which led on to Watchdog Healthcheck and then Electric Circus, the entertainment news programme on Live and Kicking. He was one of the first people in the UK to interview an then-unknown American singer called Britney Spears.

James was hooked on presenting and reporting. “Getting into weather happened by accident”, he says. “I’ve always been fascinated by meteorology and this job lets me turn the science into something more understandable to viewers.

"When I’m let out of the studio for good behaviour I get to take the programme to parts of the country to report on stories that might otherwise not make it on air. From driving Monster Trucks to barbecuing on the beach in Beaumaris, I’ve probably got the jammiest job in telly!"

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