Tuesday 22 May 2018

Hook 'takes to bed' at ratings time

6/8/13 George Hook at the Irish Premiere of The Lone Ranger, at the Savoy cinema in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
6/8/13 George Hook at the Irish Premiere of The Lone Ranger, at the Savoy cinema in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

BROADCASTER George Hook has told of the stress he feels when new ratings figures are released for his radio show.

The Newstalk presenter told the Irish Independent that when JNLR listenership numbers are announced, he becomes overwhelmed with nervousness, and traditionally "takes to the bed".

Hook (72), anchors 'The Right Hook' drivetime programme, with 134,000 listeners. "I'm famous in Newstalk because I'm frightened when the results come out. So history over the last 11 years has been that I stay in bed, with a pillow on my head," Hook said.

"Then I'm eventually phoned by somebody, who gives me the results, good, bad or indifferent, and I get myself up." The latest figures will be out on Thursday.

Meanwhile, speaking to Brendan O'Connor on RTE's 'The Saturday Night Show', the rugby pundit said he experienced feelings of the 'black dog' last week at Ronan O'Gara's testimonial in Cork. "Ronan asked me to do something ... and I made a mess of it. I honestly was in bits, because I let him down.

"It's about learning how to cope and I battle it. I'm not making a big deal about it, there are tonnes of us battling it."

Irish Independent

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