Friday 24 November 2017

Prime Timers... top five current affairs presenters

As broadcasting legend Miriam O'Callaghan talks to Sarah Caden, Pat Fitzpatrick looks at other current-affairs presenters, past and present

David McCullagh
David McCullagh
Claire Byrne
Pat Kenny
Vincent Browne
Olivia O'Leary

Pat Fitzpatrick

As broadcasting legend Miriam O'Callaghan talks to Sarah Caden, we look at other current-affairs presenters, past and present


Obviously, it is wrong to judge a serious journalist on their looks. But David is a man, so we'll probably get away it. So phwoar! He's like George Clooney, but without all the showing off. David spent some time as a political correspondent for Morning Ireland but it's fair to say that he doesn't have a face for radio. As a result, 97pc of Irish women have no interest in current affairs. All they want is a future affair with Mr Lovely Eyes who comes on after the news. And who could blame them?


We won't make any comment about Claire's good looks, because we don't want the feminists all over us. And not in a good way either, says you, always on the lookout for a another dodgy gag from the 1970s. It says here on the internet that Claire was born in Mountrath. That makes her the answer to the trickiest table-quiz questions of all time. Can you name a famous person from Laois? The most common answers to that question are 'no' and 'where?'


Pat has a new chat show on UTV Ireland. It is filmed in the Mansion House in front of a small audience of about 150 people. Actually, that is quite a big audience compared to the number of people watching at home. Ouch. The ratings are about as disappointing as learning that Julian Simmons is only available on UTV up North. How dare they keep their best presenter in Belfast. You'd swear it was an Ulster television station or something.


Say what you will about Vincent, but bear in mind that he's a barrister and we have stringent libel laws in this country. Vincent's TV3 show has earned him a reputation on Twitter as a man who can outwit backbenchers and senators. In terms of achievement, you'd have to say that's up there with beating a squirrel at table tennis. #FishInABarrel. Vincent hit the headlines recently when he made the New Land League look completely ridiculous.#FishInACup.


Olivia was also a presenter on Questions and Answers. A typical question was: "Does the panel agree that I should be out trying to score with someone in a pub, rather than sitting here trying to make a name for myself in Young Fine Gael?" A typical answer was: "I didn't interrupt you, I didn't interrupt you, if you look at our record in government, I didn't interrupt you, an end to civil war politics, what was the question again?"

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