Ciara Kelly to host Newstalk lunchtime show

Ciara Kelly is starting a new lunchtime show on Newstalk from Monday, as a replacement for George Hook and High Noon.

The new show, called Lunchtime Live, will see Ciara bring a “fresh perspective to midday radio examining the key issues of the day and how they affect the lives of the listeners,” from 12pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Ciara joined Newstalk just 12 months ago to host a weekend show. George Hook has been moved to weekends following recent incidents at the station.

Newstalk says Ciara will go behind the days’ headlines and talking points, from current affairs and politics, to lifestyle and human interest. Central to the show will be listener interaction with callers to air, texts and social media engagement, letting listeners have their say on the big issues of the day.

Ciara said: “I’m very excited to be presenting Lunchtime Live on Newstalk. It’s going to be great to front a show that has real interaction with listeners, where we get stuck into issues people are talking about in their daily lives. I am lucky to have a brilliant, dynamic team behind me and we want to make fearless, fresh and compelling radio.”

Speaking about today’s announcement, Adrian Serle, Group CEO of Communicorp, said: “We are delighted that Ciara will be presenting this new show on Newstalk’s primetime schedule. Ciara already has a strong relationship with the station and resonates well with our listeners, so we are looking forward to developing that relationship with us and our listeners through ‘Lunchtime Live’.

“Ciara is a great broadcasting talent, a straight talker and will add a great dynamic to our already strong schedule.”

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