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02nd Jan 2020

Broadcaster Marian Finucane has died

Paul Moore

Marian Finucane

RTÉ have confirmed the sad news. RIP.

Broadcaster Marian Finucane has passed away at the age of 69. RTÉ confirmed the sad news this evening.

One of RTE’s most high profile radio personalities, Finucane hosted her weekend programmes for almost two decades.

Finucane had worked with RTE since 1976, going on to become the first presenter of Liveline.

Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ, has said: “We learned today of the sudden passing of Marian Finucane with profound shock and sadness. Marian was a broadcaster of immense capability; a household name, she was first and foremost a tenacious journalist with a zeal for breaking new ground. From Women Today to Liveline to her weekday radio show on Radio 1 and, latterly, her enormously popular Saturday and Sunday radio programme, she tackled the big social issues of the day with command and insight.

“Multi-skilled, she forged a distinguished career on television, as well as undertaking significant charity work in Africa. Ireland has lost a unique voice. RTÉ has lost a beloved colleague. My sincere and heartfelt sympathies to her husband John and son Jack.”

Born in 1950, Finucane first worked with RTE in the 1970s.

A qualified architect, she became a programme presenter working on programmes concerned with contemporary social issues, especially those concerning women, notably on Women Today.

She became a household name with her Liveline programme on RTE Radio 1. A winner of the Prix Italia, her television work included Consumer Choice and Crime Line.

On Gay Byrne’s retirement in 1999, she took over his early morning radio slot to present The Marian Finucane Show, ultimately taking over the morning slots on Saturday and Sunday.

She is survived by her husband John and son Jack.  

Main image via RTE

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