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Radio star Stephen Clements to take on new television role at BBC Northern Ireland

Stephen Clements
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Stephen Clements Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Radio presenter Stephen Clements will co-present a new BBC Northern Ireland show this summer following his departure from Q Radio.

The popular presenter will appear on Open For Summer, a programme that will air as part of BBC NI's coverage of the Open Golf Championship at Royal Portrush.

It's set to focus less on golf and more on hearing peoples' stories from across the north coast, soaking up the atmosphere and celebrating the holiday season in Portrush "with plenty of guests and craic from the shoreside".

Presented by Colin Murray and Holly Hamilton, Open For Summer will broadcast live from the coastal town each evening during the week of the Open, airing on July 15.

Stephen will be "giving the low-down on what’s happening in and around Portrush" on the magazine-style series.

A spokesperson for BBC Northern Ireland said: “We look forward to working with Stephen on the new series Open For Summer.”

Clements hosted his last Q Radio breakfast show on Friday morning after eight years at the commercial station.

In an emotional Facebook post, he admitted that "I never thought I’d leave... It was and is as much fun as it sounds. I still can’t believe it’s a paid job."

The Carrickfergus man admitted that he had wanted to work in radio since he was little and his role "has never been anything less than a privilege".

Thanking his loyal listeners, he wrote: "Thank you to everyone who listened over the years, truly, chatting to you guys on air has been the BEST!!

"I love Q Radio and will always be their biggest fan."

The radio star was swamped with congratulatory messages from adoring listeners who said they will miss waking up wit Stephen's show.

Television personality Zoe Salmon thanked Stephen for "brightening our mornings for so long".

She wrote on Twitter: "Stephen! You’ve broken hearts across the nation with your news! You’re so loved and will be so missed! HUGE congratulations on such a successful breakfast show run & for brightening our mornings for so long. I’m excited for your next chapter. You’re a star."

Listener Andrew told Stephen that the presenter's show had made him "laugh so hard I’ve had to pull my jeep over so I didn’t crash".

"Not sure TV is your thing @radiostephen," tweeted Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe. "You may have to go easy on the fake tan under the bright lights. All the best with the BBC though! #FaceForRadio."

Another listener shared how the father-of-two helped them "laugh my way out of some rough times and places over the years".

"Looking forward to seeing what’s coming next for you," they added.

Clements's co-host Cate Conway will take over the breakfast show from Monday morning.

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