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Published 03/09/2016

Popular: David Morgan
Popular: David Morgan

The death has taken place of popular broadcast journalist David Morgan, who was a frequent figure on our screens and on radio during some of the darkest days of the Troubles.

Mr Morgan (56) was born in Toronto in 1959 and lived there until he was around three years old, before the family moved back to Belfast.

He grew up in the New Lodge Road area of north Belfast and attended the nearby St Malachy’s College.

In his later years at school, he intended to go on to university to study law, but he later switched vocations and trained at the old Belfast College of Business Studies to become a journalist.

After the one-year course, he decided to go travelling and lived in the US for a number of years, where he followed his journalistic leanings by sending home news stories to a number of outlets in Ireland.

On returning to Belfast he joined the Irish News, which is where he met his wife, Christina (known to all as Tina), who worked in the newspaper’s sales department.

Sadly, Christina died in March 2015 from cancer. The couple leave one son, Richard, a journalist at the BBC in Northern Ireland.

Mr Morgan’s broadcasting career took him to UTV and BBC and in his later years he was a news editor at Citybeat until his retirement in 2011.

During his time in broadcasting he was a highly regarded senior journalist who often found himself covering major incidents.

His funeral will take place on Monday in St Michael the Archangel Church on Finaghy Road North at 10am.

He will be buried after Requiem Mass alongside his late wife in Milltown Cemetery.

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