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Ryan tipped for posthumous TV award

LATE broadcaster Gerry Ryan could be in line for a posthumous IFTA at an awards ceremony next month.

The final series of RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', presented by the Clontarf man, has been nominated in the factual category of the annual Irish Film and Television awards to be held at Dublin's new Convention Centre on Saturday, February 12.

Despite a long career on Irish TV, the RTE personality, who died last April, was denied a gong on his only previous nomination in 2003, when an edition of 'Ryan Confidential' in which he interviewed film star Colin Farrell, was listed in the 'Best Entertainment' category.

However, hopes are high the late presenter will triumph in a poll of his industry colleagues where his series competes with TV3's 'Ireland AM' and nostalgia clip show 'Reeling In The Years'.

"It's wonderful to see Gerry's programme in there as a mark of respect for the man. The key for us is the work he did and the standard of programme he made. Gerry was . . . a direct link for us with the Irish public," Aine Moriarty, CEO of the 2011 awards, told the Irish Independent.

IFTA organisers have yet to reveal whether members of Ryan's family will be invited to the ceremony in his honour.

Irish Independent