Frances Donovan is a journalist and presenter who’s anchored television and radio programmes across major events for both the BBC and ITV, including the Rugby World Cup, Euro 2016, The Olympics, The Commonwealth Games, Children in Need and the BAFTAS.
She became one of BBC Wales Sport’s main anchors, where she hosted Wales on Saturday – the weekend results show – for four years, as well as Sports Personality of the Year, Wales Open Golf, ‘Welsh Open Snooker’, International Bowls and Welsh Amateur Boxing. She was the first female presenter of BBC Wales’ iconic rugby programme, Scrum Five.
Frances is also the host of ITV Wales’ sport chat show In Touch, where her easy, conversational style has drawn major sports figures like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Chris Coleman, Gareth Edwards, Craig Bellamy, Matthew Maynard, Gary Monk and Malky Mackay into the guest’s chair.
Away from sport, Donovan is an authoritative news presenter, having co-anchored both Wales Tonight and The West Tonight for ITV. She tackled business for ITV Wales in The Secrets of My Success and indulged her love of history and the outdoors, fronting History Hunters for the BBC. She presented ITV’s popular arts and entertainment programme The Wales Show for several years, interviewing Ricky Gervais, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rhys Ifans amongst others.
Highly experienced in live television, Frances has been one of the main presenters of Children in Need for BBC Wales and also hosted a seven-hour- long Outside Broadcast from Cardiff Castle to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. A passionate advocate for animal rights, Frances works with a number of charities and is a volunteer at her local dog shelter.