Thursday 27 July 2017

That's all from him - RTÉ's 'sound of satin silk' John Finnerty retires

John Finnerty has stepped down from the newsroom at RTÉ
John Finnerty has stepped down from the newsroom at RTÉ
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Newscaster John Finnerty has retired from the RTÉ newsroom. Mr Finnerty left the national broadcaster in recent weeks. A source at RTÉ said that his retirement was a "low key affair".

They said that Mr Finnerty had indicated he didn't want "a fuss made".

Mr Finnerty joined RTÉ in the mid-1980s, initially working in radio, before then transferring to news and current affairs.

He had been working in the newsroom, alongside Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin, for more than three decades.

He also fronted 'RTÉ News Now'.

'Prime Time' host Miriam O'Callaghan described him as "a true gentleman, in the true meaning of the world."

Mr Finnerty lives in Dublin with his wife Amanda, and is father to daughter Vanessa.

A spokesperson for RTÉ said that they would not be commenting on Mr Finnerty's contract.

The 65-year-old is known for his distinctive timbre.

He featured in a parody song in 2009, which compared his voice to "the sound of chocolate milk" and also to "the sound of satin silk".

Mr Finnerty's retirement comes shortly after RTÉ's long-serving political correspondent David Davin-Power hung up his boots.

Mr Davin-Power left RTÉ in April.

He told journalists that he was "not retiring", and said he was "just changing direction".

Mr Davin-Power, who joined the station in the 1980s, launched 'Morning Ireland' in 1984 with broadcaster David Hanly.

He has subsequently been replaced by Micheal Lehane.

Irish Independent

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