George Hook

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Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp is the parent company of Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM and Spin, from which all ‘Irish Times’ journalists have been banned under an edict. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp radio stations’ blanket ban on Irish Times journalists is to be discussed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland when it(...)

Dr Ciara Kelly’s appointment means that Newstalk’s weekday roster is no longer exclusively male, an imbalance which has been the subject of criticism in the weeks since the controversy erupted over Hook’s comments.

Newstalk has announced that Ciara Kelly will permanently take George Hook’s place in its weekday lunchtime slot. Dr Kelly will present her new show, ‘(...)

By including Today FM, which has nothing at all to do with the original issue, in its fatwa, Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp has declared the separation, and editorial independence, of Newstalk and Today FM a fiction. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There are two excellent reasons to stay silent on the fatwa pronounced by Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp group against Irish Times journalists appearing (...)

‘Two young male students felt free to cut down and destroy posters advertising a meeting featuring the personal testimony of rape survivors and women born as a result of rape.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Feminism is profoundly concerned with the appalling consequences of rape. Feminists have gone so far as to say that we live in a rape culture. When Ge(...)

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is to seek clarification from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp radio group following its decision to ban Irish (...)

NUJ general secretary for Ireland Seamus Dooley said there was a  serious problem with media ownership in Ireland.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has described the decision by Communicorp to ban Irish Times journalists from its radio programmes, as “bizarr(...)

Dil Wickremasinghe: ‘I am shocked and deeply disappointed at this sudden news.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Newstalk presenter who last month criticised the station’s approach towards women broadcasters has expressed her “shock” and disappointment at being(...)

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

Communicorp, the Denis O’Brien-controlled radio group which owns the country’s only two national commercial broadcasters, has instructed its staff tha(...)

'Any visitor to this country could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to satire.'

George Hook is always at his most unintentionally hilarious when speaking from his loftiest soapbox. Last month, following the Broadcasting Authority (...)

George Hook: his vow of on-air omertà has also apparently been taken by his colleagues. Photograph: Alan Betson

Contrary to common belief, sorry is not the hardest word, even for someone as unapologetically outspoken as George Hook – who has now been suspended b(...)

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