THE worst-kept secret in Irish broadcasting, as one Twitter user put it, was revealed today when Claire Byrne was announced as Sean O’Rourke’s permanent replacement on RTÉ Radio 1’s Today show.
Liam Devally, who died in Dublin last week at the age of 85, was a singer, quiz show host and broadcaster who switched in mid-life to become a barrister and later a judge of the Circuit Court, where he adopted a no-nonsense approach to both litigants and members of his own profession.
Alan Simpson, the scriptwriter who has died aged 87, worked as a shipping clerk before becoming, with his professional partner Ray Galton, one of the geniuses of post-war British comedy writing, creating Steptoe and Son for television and, for the troubled comic actor Tony Hancock, the disgruntled, self-important persona that made him one of the radio stars of the 1950s.
Today With Sean O'Rourke gave the lurid allegations about President-elect Donald Trump's behaviour in a Russian hotel far more credence than might have been expected from a supposedly serious programme, especially one that was righteously indignant about so-called "fake news" after the US election.
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