Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dil Wickremasinghe 'shocked and deeply disappointed' as her Newstalk show is cancelled

Dil Wickremasinghe. Picture: Tony Gavin
Dil Wickremasinghe. Picture: Tony Gavin

Kathy Armstrong

Newstalk broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe has revealed that her Newstalk show has been cancelled.

Dil said that she is "shocked and deeply disappointed" that her Saturday night show Global Village is coming to an end, as she called it "one of the greatest privileges of my life."

She said in a passionate statement: "Earlier today I met with Newstalk management who told me that despite positive ratings and performance, my Saturday night radio show “Global Village” has been cancelled. 

"I am shocked and deeply disappointed at this sudden news.

"10 years ago, I set out to create a unique radio show which served as a platform to highlight the voices of the most vulnerable in our society and the issues that affect their lives – issues that I personally care passionately about."

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Dil has also highlighted the various issued she highlighted and discussed during her time with the station.

She said: "Presenting “Global Village” every Saturday night between 19.00-20.00 on Newstalk has been one of the greatest privileges of my life and I enjoyed my time working on it immensely.

Dil Wickremasinghe
Dil Wickremasinghe

"Over the years I have worked with a fantastic production team and collaborated with countless voluntary and community groups nationwide and together we created something special, a space in Irish media that not only raised awareness but inspired listeners to be part of the change.

"Shining a light on social justice and mental health issues such as marriage equality, gender recognition, integration, undocumented workers and direct provision, penal reform, gender equality, women’s rights, disability, domestic violence, sexual abuse and violence and homelessness just to mention a few.

"(It) has been my life’s work and I was proud to create a much needed space for these issues on Irish media."

She said that she is grateful to the Newstalk crew for "believing" in her and said that during changes and cut backs she personally found sponsors to ensure her slot would survive.

While her time with Newstalk has apparently come to an end, Dil gave an insight into what the future holds for her.

She said: "My heartfelt thanks to all who have journeyed with me over the years and I look forward to connecting with you all again as I continue my work through different channels for change."

In September, Dil announced that she would not host her show on the weekend of September 17 in protest at comments made about rape by her colleague George Hook and the alleged failure by management to act in the case.

She returned to the station on September 23 but was strongly critical of station management.

She accused bosses of being "unsupportive and unwelcoming" of female presenters. has contacted Newstalk but they were unavailable to comment.

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