TRIBUTES are being paid to the BBC Radio Cymru presenter and producer, Magi Dodd, who has died at the age of 44. 

Her death was reported yesterday by BBC Cymru Wales. 

She came to prominence on the station's C2 Radio Cymru strand and also presented Dodd Com. Most recently she produced programmes and presented Cwis Pop Radio Cymru. She had worked at BBC Cymru for more than 20 years. 

Among those to pay tribute were senior BBC Cymru Wales figures, the presenter Huw Stephens and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price. 

Magi was born and brougth up in Pontypridd and attended the town’s Welsh medium secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, before studying at Aberyswyth University. 

Ysgol Garth Olwg, which is the successor school to Ysgol Rhydfelen, also paid tribute to the former pupil. 

The school’s Twitter account stated: “Very sad news about one of Rhydfelen’s former pupils. Magi was always ready to come in and do activities with Garth Olwg pupils. Sympathies with all her family and friends. Very sorry news about the death of Magi Dodd, a former pupil of Rhydfelen.” 

 

Former Radio 1 presenter, Huw Stephens, who had worked with her at Radio Cymru and has described her as one of the best producers he has worked with, paid tribute, on Twitter, to his friend’s many passions. 

He tweeted: “Magi was a producer, presenter, friend and exceptional person. She was passionate for Pontypridd, pop, Welsh and people. We at Radio Cymru 2 and Radio Cymru will miss her greatly. All sympathies with her family. Cwsg yn dawel (sleep quietly) Magi.” 

On Radio Cymru this morning, the DJ also commended her work with schools, when the station would tour Wales, saying: “She would light up rooms. She was so popular people were so happy to see Magi because of her personality and enthusiasm for pop and the Welsh language.” 

He said she knew how important live music gigs are to Welsh culture and the language, and that she had made her mark among male music presenters as a girl from the Valleys. 

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He said: “I think about Pontypridd and pop when I think about Magi because she had that enthusiasm for where she was from, she lived there, she would bring in treats for us from Ponty market. 

“She was a young girl who loved music, there were so many male music presenters, and she was a girl from the Valleys and proud of it. 

“She had studied at Aberyswyth and could contribute poetry to you one morning and Girls Aloud lyrics the next and both were important to her. She had a massive heart and was a lovely person.” 

 

Plaid leader Adam Price wrote: “Very sad to hear the presenter and producer Magi Dodd has left us. She was a colourful personality who always shone through the radio waves like a bolt of sunshine. A massive loss to broadcasting in Wales. Thinking of her family and dear friends.” 

Media strategist, Huw Marshall, said: “Can’t believe the news. Magi was one of the rare souls who could transmit her enjoyment and passion through the radio and further.” 

 

 

Radio Cymru Editor, Dafydd Meredydd, said in a statement that “a light in the Radio Cymru team was extinguished today. 

“Magi was full of energy, enthusiasm, creative ideas and such an important part of our team for more than 20 years," he said.

“This is a big blow to everybody that knew her and she will leave a massive space. 

“Our thoughts are with her partner, Aled, and we extend our sympathies to Magi’s family and friends.” 

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