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Veteran broadcaster Ivan Yates to step down from weekday Newstalk slot and The Tonight Show

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Broadcaster Ivan Yates will step back from his weekday show on Newstalk and The Tonight Show, it has emerged.

In a statement earlier today, Communicorp have confirmed that the veteran journalist will step down from presenting The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk and.

It was later confirmed that Mr Yates will also be retiring from his current affairs programme The Tonight Show on Virgin Media One.

"Newstalk confirmed today that Ivan Yates will step down from his role as presenter of The Hard Shoulder, on Friday 24th July," read the statement.

"Ivan has decided to step back from full time broadcasting and he and his wife are moving home to live in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford."

Communicorp thanked Mr Yates for his "enormous" contribution.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ivan for the enormous contribution he has made to the success of the show and to Newstalk.

"We wish him the very best for the future and we look forward to continuing to work with him in various guises across the station."

It is not clear who will replace Mr Yate's presenting role, however the statement adds: "Ivan’s replacement on The Hard Shoulder will announced in due course."

The broadcaster will also be retiring from his current affairs programme The Tonight Show on Virgin Media One which he co-presents with Matt Cooper.

His last show will also be at the end of July, just days before he is due to finish up with Newstalk.

In a statement, Virgin Media said: “Ivan Yates has announced his retirement and will present his last show on Virgin Media One with Matt Cooper on Thursday 23rd July at 10pm.”

Mr Yates was elected as a TD for Wexford in the 1981 general election and at each election until he retired from politics in 2002.

He also served as Minister for agriculture, food and forestry from 1994 to 1997.

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