Plaid Cymru has appointed Newyddion 9 Chief Correspondent Aled ap Dafydd as its new Director of Political Strategy and External Relations.
Mr ap Dafydd has enjoyed a career spanning more than two decades with the BBC, starting as a sports reporter and later becoming a political reporter.
A familiar face to audiences across Wales, he is currently the chief correspondent for S4C’s flagship news programme, Newyddion 9.
Mr ap Dafydd will work closely with Plaid Cymru’s elected members, National Executive Committee, and existing staff team to deliver the party’s political strategy to win the 2021 National Assembly election.
Plaid Cymru chair Alun Ffred Jones said:
“I am extremely happy to welcome Aled to the Plaid Cymru team. He will be a fantastic addition to our staff team, which is already doing some brilliant work.
“He brings with him decades of experience that will be invaluable to us as we continue to share our positive message with people across Wales.
“Plaid Cymru is on the up and we are well on track to forming the next government. Aled will play a key role in shaping our political strategy and messages ahead of the election.
“I look forward very much to welcoming him to the team after the summer.”
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said:
“I am extremely happy that Aled is joining us in this crucial, new role.
“Plaid Cymru is going from strength to strength: from becoming the lead party of Remain in the European elections to the leadership we have shown in working across party lines to beat Brexit.
“Aled comes to us with over 20 years of experience at the BBC. He will have an important contribution to make in delivering our work and keeping up the momentum so that Plaid Cymru forms the next government, which our nation desperately needs.”