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Claim to fame.

In 1999 Welshman Huw Edwards cemented his rise to the top of broadcast journalism by becoming the face of the BBC's Six O'Clock News.

From there he would go on to present the Ten O'Clock News and a number of Welsh-themed programmes, while remaining one of the country's best-known newscasters. But did you know:

Born in Bridgend, as a child Huw wanted to be a virtuoso concert pianist.

He began work as a reporter for radio station Swansea Sound, moving to BBC Wales in 1986 as a political reporter, then chief Parliamentary reporter for BBC News.

He holds a first-class honours degree in French.

Before he moved to news presenting, he was on first name terms with Tony Blair's first cabinet.

He is believed earn around pounds 250,000 a year.

In a survey of accents, Welsh people said he had one of the most pleasant-sounding voices, alongside Richard Burton.

Despite now living in London, Huw and his family attend a Welsh chapel, and he speaks Welsh to his four children

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 16, 2007
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