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UTV presenter Little quits to go freelance

By Debra Douglas

Popular UTV sports presenter Graham Little has quit to go freelance - the latest high profile star to leave the channel.

Popular UTV sports presenter Graham Little has quit to go freelance - the latest high profile star to leave the channel.

Mr Little, who has been working for UTV for more than three years, will also be working for the relatively new Irish sports channel, Setanta Sports.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, the award-winning journalist said he felt his decision would be good for his career.

He explained: "I'm going freelance but I'm not walking away completely.

"I will be doing work for Setanta Sports but won't be under contract as I did not want to move to Dublin.

"They have offered me the chance to present my own half hour sports programme, something I really want to do, so I feel this is the right move for me at this stage in my career.

"Setanta Sports is very ambitious and hopes to become the Sky Sports of Ireland - something I would love to be involved in.

"I think it is a case of nothing ventured nothing gained."

His departure will come as another blow to UTV, which earlier this month lost news anchorman Mike Nesbitt. He dramatically quit after almost 15 years as one of its main presenters.

And award-winning duo Trevor Birney and Ruth O'Reilly also announced plans to leave the station earlier this month.

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