Saturday 23 September 2017

Ivan Yates is back on the airwaves with a return to Newstalk

Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ivan and Deirdre on their grand tour of the USA
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Ivan Yates has announced a return to Newstalk.

The popular broadcaster will return to the airwaves in April with a new weekly programme from 11am to 1pm each Sunday.

The new show is direct competition with Marian Finucane's weekend show on RTE Radio One.

The programme will launch on Sunday, April 2.

Speaking about his return to Newstalk Ivan said: “I spent seven fantastic years at Newstalk and had always envisaged the possibility of returning. With all that’s been happening in politics across the world lately, between Trump and Brexit, I can’t wait to get back on air to share my views!”

Also commenting on Ivan’s upcoming show, CEO of Newstalk 106-108fm, Tim Collins, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Ivan back. Ivan is a much-loved member of the Newstalk family so a return was always on the cards.

"We’ve been in discussion for some time to find the most suitable slot and programme format so we’re really looking forward to hearing him bring his unmissable insights and opinion to  Sunday mornings with this exciting new show."

Mr Yates departed the station last July after seven years, leaving behind his presenting stint on the Breakfast show on weekday mornings.

Ivan and Deirdre on their grand tour of the USA
Ivan and Deirdre on their grand tour of the USA

He also stepped down from his other media commitments as presenter on TV3 and columnist with the Irish Independent.

During his time off, the broadcaster and former Fine Gael TD travelled across the US and Canada with his wife Deirdre.

Their "trip of a lifetime" took the pair across 30 states in a little over 100 days.

A second leg of the trip was planned for early 2017 but speaking to the Sunday Independent in December, Mr Yates said that he was all "touristed out".

"The original plan was to repeat this over Europe but we are just going to take a little pause until we decide. We will certainly do some more travel next month and February, perhaps shorter trips, but we are going to think about it over Christmas," he said.

"I am ready to come home. I am all 'touristed' out."

When asked if he could return to a presenting role in the New Year, Mr Yates said the next stage of his life was "a blank page".

"The honest answer is I don't know what I will be doing. I have absolutely no expectations but my entire media career since 2009 - be it at TV3, Newstalk or newspapers - someone else picked up the phone. I never had an agent. So really I have no commitments, plans or obligations."

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