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4Talent Awards 2007: Radio Presentation Award
Gareth started his career at Bath University's student radio station, 1449AM URB, where he won the Gold award for Best Comedy Show at the National Student Radio Awards (hosted by BBC Radio 1). On leaving University, Gareth became a presenter at the commercial radio station 106.3 Bridge FM.
In 2007, Gareth secured a pilot on BBC Radio 7 which led to him joining the writing team for BBC Radio 4’s "Listen Against" and contributing to the BBC Radio 7 sketch show "Play and Record". He was also part of the initial presenting line-up of 107.9 Afan FM. It was during this time that Gareth won the 4Talent award for Radio Presentation, in a scheme supported by Channel 4 and judged by Channel 4 Radio.
In November 2007, Gareth joined the newly launched "XFM South Wales" as producer of "The Roop and Tom Breakfast Show". Following the station’s closure, Gareth became a producer for BBC Radio Wales working with Rhod Gilbert on both his Saturday morning show and the second series of the panel game "Jest A Minute". During this time Gareth continued to write for the BBC Radio Comedy department on “Tilt”, “Listen Against” and “The News Quiz” as well as reuniting with Roop and Tom on "B.A.D. Radio", a sketch show for GWR Bath.
In 2009, Gareth was appointed as contract writer for the BBC Radio Comedy department. As a recipient of the department's annual writer's bursary, Gareth worked across a wide range of BBC Radio Comedy programming, including "The Now Show” and "The News Quiz" (writing for the show throughout 2009, the year in which it was nominated for a Sony Radio Award).
On completing the bursary, Gareth joined the main writing team for Radio 4’s flagship comedy show for the 2010 general election, “The Vote Now Show”. He also worked as Script Editor and Producer for Tidy Productions on the BBC Radio Wales panel game “What’s The Story?” and acted as script editor on the open-door sketch show “Newsjack” for BBC Radio 7.
The second half of 2010 will see Gareth continue to write for both “The News Quiz” and “The Now Show” as well as “The Jason Byrne Show” for BBC Radio 2 and “The Armstrong And Miller Show” for BBC One. In August “Antiquity”, a sitcom pilot written by Gareth and John-Luke Roberts and starring Tim McInnerny, Nadia Kamil, Will Andrews and Andrew Sachs, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
"Gareth is forging a formidable comedic reputation." - TEN4 magazine
"Gareth Gwynn, I thought, was very likable, very assured. I was very impressed... Had some great ideas... Hysterically funny, I thought" - Paul Schlesinger, Head of BBC Radio Entertainment and BBC New Talent judge
"I certainly would like to hear more from this writer... You could hear his talent" - Helen Atkinson-Wood, actress and BBC New Talent judge
"Gareth seemed to have a good range of styles to suit different situations. Quick witted and funny, he seemed to be in total control" - Student Radio Award Judges