Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Talkback host David Dunseith dies

Award-winning broadcaster David Dunseith has died
Roisin Walsh with David Dunseith . 1979.
David Dunseith and Roisin Walsh. 16/5/1983

Award-winning broadcaster David Dunseith has died, the BBC has announced.

The veteran Radio Ulster journalist had retired earlier this year after a 40-year career behind the microphone. He had been unwell for some time.

Best known for hosting the station's lunchtime Talkback programme, which he presided over for 20 years, the Derry man served as a policeman before embarking on a career change in the 1970s.

Last year his wife and fellow journalist Roisin died after a long battle with motor neurone disease.

Before joining the BBC, Dunseith worked for Ulster Television as a news anchor.

Talkback won the prestigious Sony gold award when he was host and he was also named local broadcaster of the year at the Sonys.

He stepped down from Talkback in 2009, but returned to host BBC Radio Ulster's Seven Days before his retirement,

BBC director general Mark Thompson paid warm tribute to the broadcaster. "David Dunseith served BBC audiences in Northern Ireland with distinction throughout some of the most difficult and contentious years of its history," he said.

"For 20 years, David provided a safe platform for people to air their views and appreciate the perspectives of others.He did this with tenacity, encyclopaedic knowledge and patience; putting the audience at the heart of his programme and winning loyalty and respect from all sides of the community. He will be greatly missed by all at the BBC."

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