Monday 24 October 2016

Davis was a talent of great variety

It was very sad to hear of the passing of Derek Davis (left) yesterday. He was probably best remembered for his time on Live at 3 (right), but any good look at his CV reveals a broadcaster of extraordinarily varied talents. Very few careers span newsrooms in the BBC and RTE, news-reading, magazine programmes, documentaries and the hosting of big 'shiny-floor' entertainment shows. And don't forget, it was Davis who held the reins at the Rose of Tralee with such aplomb that no one shouted "bring back Gaybo" - very few people ever follow Gay on a show with similar success. His talent ultimately won him two Jacob's Awards for broadcasting. As broadcaster Joe Duffy put it: "He had the warmth, brightness and openness of summer."

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