Friday 20 October 2017

Colette Fitzpatrick to leave Newstalk and take the helm in TV3 news revamp

Colette Fitzpatrick. Photo: Mark Condren
Colette Fitzpatrick. Photo: Mark Condren
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Colette Fitzpatrick is set to take the helm as Senior Anchor in TV3's news programme revamp - but will be leaving her role at Newstalk.

The popular journalist will now present the channel's flagship news bulletins at 12.30pm and 5.30pm each week day.

However, it was confirmed to Independent.ie that Fitzpatrick will be leaving her co-hosts Paul Williams, Alan Quinlan and Shane Coleman at Newstalk Breakfast.

She will resume a full- time new role exclusive to TV3 in March.

Previously Colette presented three news bulletins a week and was co-presenter on Pat Kenny Tonight.

As part of TV3’s new 3-channel strategy, the news output is undergoing a major revamp.

Commenting on Colette’s decision, Tim Collins, CEO of Newstalk, said: “I would like to thank Colette for her commitment and professionalism while working with us.

"The Newstalk Breakfast Show has made a fantastic start, as shown in the recent JNLR figures, and I am confident that Paul, Shane, Alan, Vincent and the team will continue to build the show over the coming months.”

Meanwhile, Colette said she "loved" working with Newstalk for the past 18 months and her decision was a difficult one.

"I would like to thank Shane, Paul, Alan, Vincent and the entire team for their support and I wish the show the very best in the future," she added.

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