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Talkback presenter Dunseith retires

Published 11/05/2011

BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster David Dunseith is to retire
BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster David Dunseith is to retire

David Dunseith, one of BBC Radio Ulster's leading broadcasters, is to retire, it has been confirmed.

He spent almost 20 years presenting the current affairs programme, Talkback.

Dunseith, 78, whose wife Roisin Walsh-Dunseith, the former Ulster Television journalist, died last July, returned to the Broadcasting House studio in Belfast in February to present the Seven Days programme each Sunday.

He began is career with UTV and has been broadcasting for 34 years.

Peter Johnston, director BBC Northern Ireland, said he was renowned for his wit, humour and in-depth knowledge of Northern Ireland affairs.

He added: "David is a consummate broadcaster who steered the Talkback programme through some of the most difficult and contentious years in our society. He conducted interviews in a searching and robust manner, always with courtesy and good humour. He can be rightly proud of his contribution to the success of one of our flagship programmes."

Kathleen Carragher, head of news, said: "David Dunseith was passionate about Talkback and its audience. His grasp of Northern Irish society was unparalleled."

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