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Media personality and former BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Alan Simpson declared bankrupt

By Maureen Coleman

Published 08/08/2015

Ex-BBC broadcaster Alan Simpson was issued with a bankruptcy order
Ex-BBC broadcaster Alan Simpson was issued with a bankruptcy order

One of Northern Ireland's best-known media personalities has been declared bankrupt, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Alan Simpson, a former BBC Northern Ireland broadcaster, was issued with a bankruptcy order on April 29, 2015.

The petition was filed the previous month by the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

The official bankruptcy order listed Alan Kyle Simpson, of West Strand Avenue, Portrush. It described his occupation as "unknown".

The Northern Ireland Court Service said that Simpson, a former afternoon presenter on BBC Radio Ulster, had been declared bankrupt.

When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, Simpson declined to comment.

The quiff-haired personality, who is a well-known ambassador for the North Coast, was poached from his position as a night-club host and DJ to present Radio Ulster's 3pm-5pm slot in 2006, replacing long-running presenter George Jones.

He became a household name across Northern Ireland during his seven-year stint with Radio Ulster, despite having no formal broadcasting experience.

In 2008 he suffered a heart attack and was off air for a while, following surgery for stents.

However, in 2013, he was axed from Radio Ulster as part of a shake-up of the station's schedule and was replaced by Kerry McLean.

At the time, he said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time presenting the afternoon slot, adding: "Seven years ago, I was given a unique opportunity to present a programme on BBC Radio Ulster and every day since then, whenever the 'on air' light has gone on at 3pm, has been an incredible experience."

It is understood he is currently working in a hosting role at a restaurant in his native Portrush.

Media personality and former BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Alan Simpson declared bankrupt

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