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Sunday 31 August 2014

RTE's Michael signs off for last time after 43 years in broadcasting

Allison Bray

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

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Newsreader Michael Murphy's on his last day in the RTE newsroom

RTE newsreader Michael Murphy has signed off for the last time on RTE radio, officially ending a broadcasting career that spanned five decades.

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Without any fanfare, the 65-year-old broadcaster, psychologist and author did his final news bulletin on RTE Radio One's 'News at One' before hanging up his microphone.

"I'll do the bulletin as usual," he told the Irish Independent yesterday and staff later sent him off with a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a card from well-wishers.

He started his career with the state broadcaster as a continuity announcer in 1971 before he was appointed as a bilingual newsreader, reading the news in both English and Irish on radio and television. "People who are 42 now weren't even conceived yet when I started," he said of his 43 years with RTE.

After dabbling as a television producer and director, where he produced such shows 'S.B.B on Tour, 'Access Community Drama' and 'Access Community Television' for which he won several awards, Mr Murphy returned to the newsroom as a senior newscaster in 1990 before embarking on a new career as a psychoanalyst and returning to RTE in a part-time capacity. Mr Murphy said he would continue to work as a psychoanalyst at Psychological Therapy Services in Sandyford, south Dublin, which he founded with his partner, psychologist Terry O'Sullivan.

But he said he would continue to do a "psychoanalytic residency" slot on RTE One's 'Today Show' with Daithi O Se.

And after working weekends for as long as he can remember, he said he was now looking forward to having his weekends off and taking a much-deserved holiday in Spain. But he noted he still wouldn't be resting on his laurels.

Along with the psychotherapy practice, he is also a successful author and is currently working on the third in a trilogy of novels based on his own struggle with prostrate cancer.

"I have a third book to deliver by next summer and I only have one chapter done," he said of 'Lemons and The Waning of the Moon,' the sequel to 'At Five in the Afternoon: My Battle with Male Cancer,' and 'The House of Pure Being'.

One topic, however, that he did not want to discuss was his earlier claims that his rolling contract with RTE was not renewed last year because he was "old and gay".

RTE later insisted that the interview, which was broadcast on April 1, was an April Fool's joke.

Irish Independent

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