Friday 21 July 2017

Yates returns for radio head-to-head with Finucane

Ivan Yates Picture: Maxwells
Ivan Yates Picture: Maxwells
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Ivan Yates is to go head-to-head with Marian Finucane on the radio airwaves when he returns to Newstalk later this year.

Mr Yates announced yesterday that he would be returning to the station with a new weekly programme from 11am to 1pm each Sunday.

The new show is in direct competition with Finucane's Sunday show on RTÉ Radio One.

The programme will launch on Sunday, April 2.

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

He also stepped down from his other media commitment as presenter on TV3.

During his time off, the broadcaster and former Fine Gael TD travelled across much of 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. But Mr Yates admitted at the end of the trip he was all "touristed out".

He said he was looking forward to returning to the airwaves.

"I spent seven fantastic years at Newstalk and had always envisaged the possibility of returning," he said.

"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," he added.

Newstalk CEO Tim Collins said he was delighted Mr Yates was returning to the "Newstalk family".

"Ivan is a much-loved member of the Newstalk family, so a return was always on the cards," he said.

Earlier this week, Colette Fitzpatrick announced she was leaving Newstalk 'Breakfast' to take up an exclusive role with TV3.

She will present the channel's flagship news bulletins at 12.30pm and 5.30pm each weekday.

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

Ms Fitzpatrick said she "loved" working with Newstalk for the past 18 months and her decision was a very difficult one.

She thanked her co-presenters Paul Williams, Shane Coleman and Alan Quinlan.

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

Irish Independent

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