BBC Breakfast’s Owain Wyn Evans feared derailing career with on-air gaffe

Owain Wyn Evans plays BBC theme tune on the drums

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The Welsh weatherman, 37, has risen through the ranks before landing weekend appearances on BBC Breakfast. He’s quickly proving himself to be a fan-favourite after viewers asked to see “more of him” on Twitter. Owain has been tipped as the successor to Carol Kirkwood when she leaves the corporation. 

After an appearance on The One Show this week, viewers flocked to Twitter to praise the Welsh star.

A number of them described his report about the rainforest as “brilliant” and another told Owain he “did himself proud”.

One tweeted: “You could tell us there is going to be a hurricane and I would still smile.”

A second wrote: “I love you… you always make me smile, however down I feel.”

The spate of compliments has led many to believe Owain has a bright future at the BBC.

However, the star wasn’t always as optimistic about his chances of being a TV star and admitted he nearly derailed his own career.

Owain didn’t even want to be a presenter during his early years when he aspired to become a professional percussionist.

Last year, viewers were amazed by the star’s drumming talent after a video of him playing the BBC News introduction went viral. 

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During Owain’s early years, he admitted seeing TV as a way to make money during a year out from studying while he honed his musical skills.

Owain applied for a job on Ffeil, a children’s news programme produced by BBC Wales, and was surprised to receive an audition.

He confessed to having “no clue what a screen test was” when he was invited.

Earlier this month, Owain told the Manchester Evening News that he didn’t have high hopes after making a number of mistakes during the interview.

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He said: “I really didn’t think the audition went well at all.”

During the screen test, which is a way producers analyse how presenters react in front of cameras, he had to read from an autocue.

Unfortunately, he slipped up a number of times including once when he thought he blew his chance of landing the TV job.

Owain said: “I knocked a bottle of water over by accident and swore in response.”

He felt “deflated” after leaving the audition but “half-an-hour later” received a call to say he got the job.

Owain reflected on his gaffes and believed they might have helped him during the screen test.

He continued: “I think the act of tipping the water over and swearing made me relax.

“I just felt there was no way I was going to end up getting the job.”

Since then, Owain has progressed up the TV ladder and presented weather reports in the northwest of England before bagging BBC Breakfast slots.

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Following one of his reports earlier this month, fans took to Twitter to express how much they enjoyed his forecasts.

One wrote: “Loving the new happy, happy weatherman on @BBCBreakfast.”

A second described him as “a breath of fresh air” and said they “loved the delivery and presentation”.

A third tweeted: “Worth watching the programme for you @BBCBreakfast loving @OwainWynEvans on breakfast news.”

A fourth, who urged the BBC to give him a more regular slot, wrote: “More of him please @BBCBreakfast loving Owain Wyn Evans on the weather. 

“He presents the weather like a story. Even a horrible forecast is fun to watch.”

The BBC has not announced any plans for Owain’s future and it’s known that full-time weather reporter Carol Kirkwood has no intentions of leaving. 

In 2018, she told the Radio Times: “I’d never give up the weather on [BBC] Breakfast.”

Carol, 58, claimed she “would hang on by my fingernails” if they “showed me the door”.

The veteran weather star said: “As long as Breakfast wants me I’ll be there because I love it.”

BBC Breakfast airs from 6am on BBC One.

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