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Gwilym blows whistle on Cofio.

A VETERAN broadcaster said working as a football referee helped toughen him up for a career as a news reporter.

Gwilym Owen, 77, a journalist for more than 50 years, talks about his life and career in the programme Cofio, broadcast tonight on S4C.

Gwilym, originally from Llannerchymedd, Anglesey now living in Bangor, is known for quizzing establishment figures and politicians.

The former head of news and current affairs at HTV and BBC Wales has his own radio programme and is also a newspaper columnist.

He said: "What being a referee did was to give me a skin as thick as an elephant's. If you could handle the abuse you'd get refereeing, you could handle anything."

Gwilym worked on Y Dydd in 1964, firstly on the short-lived TWW Channel and then on HTV Wales.

Gwilym Owen Part of the set collapsed when he was fronting a programme in the 70s which has been shown on It'll be Alright on the Night.

He remembers receiving malicious letters after giving former Plaid Cymru leader Gwynfor Evans a tough time over his decision to fast as part of a campaign for a dedicated Welsh-language channel.

Actor Kenneth Williams whom Gwilym interviewed on the Carry On Up the Khyber set in Snowdonia doesn't escape his wrath. Gwilym said: "I had the impression he thought I was a Welsh country bumpkin who was there just to take up his time. To be honest, I would have liked to have given him what for. "
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