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Polly James
Born1986 or 1987 (age 35–36)
Cardiff, Wales
SpouseAllan Lake (2000s–2010s)[1]
Children2
Career
Station(s)Radio X
NetworkGlobal Media & Entertainment
Time slotWeekend afternoons (2019–present)
Station(s)Capital South Wales
NetworkCapital (radio network)
Time slotWeekday Breakfast (–2019)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Polly James (formerly Polly Lake;[2] born 1986 or 1987[1]) is a Welsh radio and television presenter.[3] She has presented for Absolute Radio,[1] Radio X,[3][4] and Capital South Wales. She has been a television sports broadcaster, covering darts for Sky Sports,[5] as well as the Late Night Football Club, BBC One's World Cup chat show in 2022.[6][7]


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Welsh people

Welsh people

The Welsh are an ethnic group native to Wales. "Welsh people" applies to those who were born in Wales and to those who have Welsh ancestry, perceiving themselves or being perceived as sharing a cultural heritage and shared ancestral origins.

Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio

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Radio X (United Kingdom)

Radio X (United Kingdom)

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Capital South Wales

Capital South Wales

Capital South Wales is a regional radio station owned by Communicorp UK and operated by Global as part of the Capital network. It broadcasts to Cardiff and Newport and the surrounding areas from studios in Cardiff Bay.

Darts

Darts

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Sky Sports

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BBC One

BBC One

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Background

James was born in Cardiff, Wales,[8][9] and lived in Llanishen, Rhiwbina and Thornhill in the city and then Penarth.[10] She attended Stanwell Comprehensive in Penarth.[11] She competed for Wales and GB Juniors in athletics at an underage level.[11][12][1]

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Cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. It forms a principal area, officially known as the City and County of Cardiff, and the city is the eleventh-largest in the United Kingdom. Located in the south-east of Wales and in the Cardiff Capital Region, Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan and in 1974–1996 of South Glamorgan. It belongs to the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for coal when mining began in the region helped its expansion. In 1905, it was ranked as a city and in 1955 proclaimed capital of Wales. Cardiff Built-up Area covers a larger area outside the county boundary, including the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth.

Llanishen

Llanishen

Llanishen is a district and community in the north of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. The Cardiff community population taken at the 2011 census was 17,417. Llanishen is the former home of the 'Tax Offices', the tallest buildings in north Cardiff and a landmark for miles around. The office complex overlooks the 'Crystal and Fishguard estates', the Parc Tŷ Glas industrial estate, Llanishen village, leafy suburban roads and parks that constitute the district. Llanishen is also home to a Leisure Centre and the former 60-acre (24 ha) Llanishen Reservoir – a local beauty spot that is connected to a green corridor which bisects the city from the rising hills in the north to Cardiff Bay in the south.

Rhiwbina

Rhiwbina

Rhiwbina is a suburb and community in the north of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Formerly a small hamlet within the parish of Whitchurch, Rhiwbina was developed throughout the twentieth century, and is now a separate ward. It retains aspects of its former character, however, and is given a Welsh village appearance by Beulah United Reformed Church at the village crossroads.

Thornhill, Cardiff

Thornhill, Cardiff

Thornhill is a community in the north of the city of Cardiff, Wales. It lies south of Caerphilly.

Penarth

Penarth

Penarth is a town and community in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Cardiff city centre on the north shore of the Severn Estuary at the southern end of Cardiff Bay.

Career

James starting broadcasting in community radio stations like Afan FM,[8] and Bridge FM.[13] After working for Nation Radio Wales,[14][15][13][16] she presented an overnight show on Absolute Radio in the early 2010's,[1] moving to Capital South Wales in 2013.[11][17] During Capital's restructuring in 2019, her Capital South Wales breakfast show (with Matt Lissack) was cancelled and she moved to Radio X.[18][10] It was later nominated for Breakfast Show of the year.[19]

She presented for Radio X Friday and Saturday nights in 2019.[20][21] She has covered darts, rugby, football and boxing as a sports broadcaster, and presented for Unibet on social media.[22][23][13][24][25]

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Bridge FM (Wales)

Bridge FM (Wales)

Bridge FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Bridgend County Borough and the surrounding areas. It is owned and operated by Nation Broadcasting and broadcasts on 106.3 FM from studios at the St Hilary transmitter in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Nation Radio Wales

Nation Radio Wales

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Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio is a British National radio station owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Absolute Radio Network. It broadcasts nationally across the UK via Digital audio broadcasting and on 1215 kHz MW.

Capital South Wales

Capital South Wales

Capital South Wales is a regional radio station owned by Communicorp UK and operated by Global as part of the Capital network. It broadcasts to Cardiff and Newport and the surrounding areas from studios in Cardiff Bay.

Capital (radio network)

Capital (radio network)

Capital is a network of twelve independent contemporary hit radio stations in the United Kingdom, broadcasting a mix of local and networked programming. Nine of the stations are owned and operated by Global Media & Entertainment, while the other three are owned and operated under separate franchise agreements.

Radio X (United Kingdom)

Radio X (United Kingdom)

Radio X is a British National commercial radio station focused on alternative music, primarily indie rock, and owned by Global. Radio X launched nationally on 21 September 2015 as a rebrand of Xfm and superseded both Xfm London and Xfm Manchester.

Unibet

Unibet

Unibet provides a platform for sports betting, online casino, bingo and online poker to over 11 million customers in over 100 countries. Unibet is a part of Kindred Group–an online gambling operator which consists of 11 brands along with Maria Casino, Stan James, 32Red, and iGame. Today, Unibet has over 1,500 employees and offices in Malta, London, New York, and Gibraltar among others. Unibet launched its first online website in 1999, launched live betting service in 2003 and introduced mobile site in 2004.

Personal life

James married fellow presenter Allan Lake and they founded a production company, Plush Productions, together in 2011.[1][2] They divorced in the 2010's.[1][11] She has one daughter and one son.[8][26] In August 2018, her discovery of a homeless person sleeping on her porch made national headlines,[27] and she rented out the property, with its unusual art collection (giant sheep, shark head, paintings by Ronnie Wood, a statue of Freddy Krueger and a mural of Tom Jones in his underwear) in 2019.[28][29]

Source: "Polly James (broadcaster)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polly_James_(broadcaster).

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References
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  2. ^ a b "Polly JAMES personal appointments". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Companies House. "PLUSH PRODUCTIONS LTD filing history". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Companies House. 2 August 2011. Incorporation - Model articles adopted. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b Gurner, Richard (24 November 2022). "Castle Gate wins at the 2022 Welsh Restaurant Awards".
  4. ^ "Radio X presenter Polly James dares to believe Wales can beat Australia | Rugby World Cup 2021". Rugby World Cup. 21 October 2022.
  5. ^ "King Charles, Mark Webster and Antonio Conte!?! | 'A Night At The Darts With...'". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ Martin, Roy (17 September 2018). "BBC dominates shortlist for ARIAS 2018 radio awards".
  7. ^ Stevens, Gill (18 November 2022). "Late Night Football Club filmed in Wrexham by the BBC before each Welsh game - news.wrexham.gov.uk".
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  14. ^ "Presenters". NationWales.com. 2009. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009.
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  22. ^ "Polly James & Michael Bridge | Grand Slam of Darts preview | Joe Cullen interview". 9 November 2022 – via open.spotify.com.
  23. ^ "Championship Boxing on BBC Wales, iPlayer". 13 May 2022.
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  26. ^ @PollyJames (10 August 2022). "Welcome to this weird and wonderful world, baby boy! We love you beyond any words can describe 💙" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  27. ^ Owens, David (8 August 2018). "This chat between a woman and a man she found on her doorstep is top class". WalesOnline.
  28. ^ "For rent: a house with a sheep on the ceiling". South Wales Echo. 14 February 2019. p. 3. Gale A573987315 – via Gale OneFile: News.
  29. ^ "POLLY'S ECLECTIC PAD". Western Mail. 25 November 2017. p. 6. Gale A515544152 – via Gale OneFile: News.
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