Friday 16 November 2018

Newstalk's Chris Donoghue to join UTV Ireland as news anchor

Chris Donoghue UTV News Anchor.
Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Chris Donoghue UTV News Anchor. Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014
Chris Donoghue UTV News Anchor Photo Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2014 Newsdesk Newsdesk

Broadcaster Chris Donoghue is joining UTV as news anchor.

The channel announced Chris (30), who currently hosts Newstalk Breakfast alongside Ivan Yates, will be the new anchor of UTV Ireland’s news and current affairs programmes alongside Alison Comyn.

The programmes’ titles are ‘Ireland Live’ and ‘Ireland Live at 10’. Both programmes will begin airing on January 5th next.

Chris will continue hosting the Breakfast programme, which starts broadcasting at 7am.

Mary Curtis, Head of Channel at UTV Ireland, said:  “Chris is one of the most exciting and talented broadcasters in Ireland today.

“He has had an exceptional career in quite a short time frame and is now one of the most respected broadcasters in the country. I have always admired his broadcasting style and I am delighted to welcome him to the team.

“We are in the process of building a strong and competitive quality news service for UTV Ireland. With Alison Comyn and Chris Donoghue as co-anchors, UTV Ireland will offer viewers a fresh approach to national news and current affairs, fronted by two highly experienced journalists.”

Chris started with Newstalk in 2004 and was involved with the station’s political output.

In 2010, he became the youngest prime-time presenter on Irish radio when he was appointed co-anchor of Breakfast.

"I love my job with Newstalk and I have always wanted to develop a role in television,” Chris said.

“This is a great opportunity for me to continue what I love and progress my career. UTV Ireland has displayed huge ambition to be a leading force in Irish television. The team that they have recruited to deliver that ambition is innovative and talented. I am very proud to be part of that team and I am counting down the days until the channel launches, in the New Year."

“Newstalk and Ivan have been very supportive of me. I love working with them and I’m very glad that I’ll be able to continue on Newstalk Breakfast.”

Commenting on the announcement, Gerard Whelan, CEO of Newstalk said:

“We are delighted for Chris that he has the opportunity to make the break into television. He is an exceptionally talented presenter and broadcaster.

“I’ve no doubt Chris will bring to UTV the same energy and enthusiasm which he delivers to the Breakfast show and its audience every day. Chris has everyone’s support at Newstalk, and we know he’ll be a great success on television also.”

Chris has been a leading voice on radio, providing coverage and analysis on some of the most memorable domestic and international events. In 2008, he travelled across the US, covering the historical election of President Barack Obama.

He has reported extensively from the developing world – producing documentaries from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and India.

He has covered Irish General and Presidential elections, numerous Budgets, EU developments from Brussels, and the 2011 Rugby World Cup from New Zealand. He has also written for the Irish Examiner and Irish Independent.    

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