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BBC Wales director to quit

Richards: "strengthened journalism in both English and Welsh"

Menna Richards, the BBC Cymru Wales director, will leave the corporation early next year after more than 10 years at the helm.

The BBC director-general Mark Thompson made the announcement in a letter to the staff.

Richards has been responsible for all BBC Wales' services on radio, TV and online and BBC Cymru has produced various hit shows, such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Torchwood, Merlin, Last Chance To See and Tribe, under her leadership.

Richards also played an active role in the opening of a new home for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as bringing back some landmark series that explored Welsh life and history, including Coal House, and, most recently, Snowdonia 1890.

Thompson said Richards led a "creative transformation at BBC Wales" and "strengthened journalism in both English and Welsh".

Richards told BBC Wales staff she would be "very sad to leave this brilliant organisation".

Before joining BBC Wales as Controller in 2000, Richards served as Managing Director at HTV Wales.