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Patrick Hannan was born in Aberaman, Glamorgan and attended Cowbridge Grammar School and then University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he read history. He worked as a reporter with the Western Mail before moving to BBC Wales in 1970 where he presented the daily radio news programme Good Evening Wales, the Sunday talkshow Something Else and the weekly political programme, Call to Order as well as contributing to BBC network programmes. He published articles in various other publications and several books as well as producing television programmes from BBC Wales, BBC 2 and HTV. He also appeared regularly on Radio 4's Round Britain Quiz. He was awarded an MBE was an honorary fellow of Cardiff University and Aberystwyth University.