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Gaming in a Pandemic

Looking at how the pandemic changed the gaming landscape – from studios’ experiences of adapting to lockdown and finding new ways of working, to what impact this has had on the industry moving forward. 

Not only did the pandemic help the industry in many ways, but in turn, gaming helped people through it, and I will also look at the changing role that technology plays in our lives because of Covid-19.

A familiar face in Wales, Alex is a bubbly and creative presenter, journalist and author, with a wealth of live broadcasting experience – most notably with CBBC's children's news programme, Newsround, BBC news programmes and S4C’s national weather service.

Born in Chester, Alex grew up in Flintshire in Wales with a Welsh language education. After studying music in Cardiff University, Alex joined the office of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before moving into broadcasting, where her programme credits include CBBC’s flagship programme, Blue Peter and the BBC Proms.

In 2014, Alex began producing and presenting Ffeil: a Welsh-language children’s TV news programme, produced by BBC Wales. This led to her co-presenting S4C’s primetime entertainment series, Band Cymru, along with co-presenting coverage of the world's biggest youth festival - the Urdd Eisteddfod.

In 2018, Alex became one of the presenters on CBBC’s Newsround, a role which included interviewing countless celebrities, such as David Baddiel and Olly Murs. Since then, Alex has presented CBBC ‘s Live Lessons, worked as Senior Journalist Reporter on BBC1’s Wales Live, reported for BBC Breakfast, the BBC's technology programme, Click, and BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live.

Passionate about gaming, Alex has presented several radio documentaries including ‘What’s in a Game?’ for BBC Radio 4, and ‘In the Studio: World of Warcraft’ for the BBC World Service. At the end of 2022, Alex became an author with the publication of her first non-fiction book, 'Playing with Reality: Gaming in a Pandemic', which explores how the gaming industry thrived and evolved over the pandemic years, with player and expert stories.

Alex also hosts live events, which has included the CBeebies Live Stage with Dr Ranj, BAFTA Q&A sessions, the BBC’s coverage of the Welsh Proms and Proms in the Park, BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ first ever gaming concert, and an evening with gaming developer and co-founder of Wales Interactive, David Banner. 

As a journalist, Alex has filmed across the world including in the US and Russia, but her main role is now as presenter of S4C’s weather service and the news review programme for Welsh-learners, Yr Wythnos. Alex can occasionally be seen and heard reading news bulletins on S4C and BBC Radio Wales, and with her expertise in gaming and music is often a guest pundit on TV and radio.

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