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Wendy Austin

Wendy Austin is the voice of the award winning BBC Radio Ulster programme Talkback. In a career spanning 3 decades Wendy has been a reporter and more recently presenter on both television and radio, in Northern Ireland and nationally. For many years the co-anchor of Good Morning Ulster, Wendy's voice was also heard on PM and Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. On screen she presented and co-produced Hillsborough Revisited, a 40 minute documentary on the Queen's NI home, and the DIY Show. Wendy is a UK Trustee of Arts and Business, and chairs the NI committee. She has been involved in conferences and awards ceremonies for many diverse organisations from the European Forum for Quality Management to Intertrade Ireland, PSNI and the Garda Siochana, and the Bank of England. In 2005 the University of Ulster made her an Honorary Doctor of Letters for her contribution to journalism.

Pamela Ballantine

Pamela Ballantine started her career in broadcasting as a secretary in ocal radio station Downtown Radio, but was soon filling in as a newsreader and programme presenter while still doing her day job in the office. She then joined BBC Radio Ulster as a fulltime presenter for six months before joining UTV's continuity announcers department. While working for UTV she has presented a variety of programmes, including Farming Ulster, Telethon, The Ulster Schools Quiz and Hot Pursuits. Pamela was the main presenter and reporter for UTV Live at 5.30, UTV's successful news magazine programme which covered all aspects of life; from movies and concerts to health and legal issues. She also works as a presenter and reporter for UTV's motorsports programme RPM. Pamela is now a freelance presenter on UTV and U105 and an ambassador for UTV. She also writes a weekly social diary column for the Belfast Telegraph. Pamela was born and bred in Northern Ireland.

Barra Best

Barra Best has been presenting the weather news to BBC audiences for more than seven years on television, radio, and online. His friendly, knowledgeable style has endeared him to viewers and listeners and his devoted Twitter and Facebook followers have made his the biggest accounts of any weather presenter in Ireland. Away from weather duties, Barra is also a television presenter. On BBC One Northern Ireland Barra presents the popular railway history programme ‘Walk the Line’ tracking the forgotten railway lines that once criss-crossed the countryside, and ‘Weather Watchers with Barra Best’ – where we discover how we are all affected by our ever-changing weather. He also hosts BBC Northern Ireland’s Children in Need programme – one of the fastest-moving and demanding roles in television, and fronted the BBC’s hugely popular Stargazing Live programme on BBC 1 Northern Ireland – he’s no stranger to the big topics!

Tina Campbell

Tina Campbell has been appearing on local television screens for over 15 years now. Following her BA Hons degree in English, Tina obtained the NCTJ qualification in Journalism. The Bangor-born UTV Presenter and Reporter boasts a diverse collection of work. She co-presents UTV's flagship news programme - UTV Live at Six, has hosted late night live current affairs discussion programme 'Late and Live' and presented 'The Seven Thirty Show' - an entertainment/lifestyle programme. In her career she has covered issues from health and education to showbiz and in February 2011 travelled to Hollywood, LA to make a programme on the Oscars - an experience she'll never forget! Tina has recently decided to go 'freelance' as a lifestyle choice, to spend more time with her children – Charlotte, Sophie and Ben. Tina is passionate about dance and theatre. She hosts many events across Northern Ireland, from fashion shows to awards ceremonies and corporate functions.

Lynda Bryans

Lynda Bryans is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s best known, most popular and versatile broadcasters. Her credits cover local and network television and radio for both the BBC and ITV. She is a life coach, and with a sprinkling of Irish wit and charm, she is also an engaging public speaker at conferences and seminars; an awards compere and host for gala events.

Mark Carruthers

Mark is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known and most versatile broadcasters. He joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1989 and since then he has presented countless radio and television programmes. He currently presents a string of political programmes on television including The View, Sunday Politics and Stormont Today. He was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his work in 2003 and in 2005 he and Donna Traynor lifted a prestigious Irish Film and Television Award for Best News Programme. Mark studied political science at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 1987. In 1989 he was awarded a Master’s degree in Irish politics. Beyond politics, Mark is a passionate advocate of the arts. He is the chairman of the board of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and was a leading figure in the successful campaign to rebuild the theatre at a cost of over £18m. His book, Alternative Ulsters – Conversations on Identity , was published by Liberties Press in October 2013 and was nominated for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. He is also co-editor, with Stephen Douds, of Stepping Stones: The Arts in Ulster 1971-2001 which was published by Blackstaff Press in 2001. Mark was awarded an OBE for services to Drama in Northern Ireland in the 2011 New Year Honours. Married with three children, he lives in south Belfast. Mark is a popular conference and awards host with many years’ experience fronting political, business, health, tourism and arts events.

Paul Clark MBE

Paul Clark has one of the most recognisable faces in Northern Ireland. As a broadcaster and journalist Paul presents the main evening news on UTV – UTV Live at Six. He has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years and his career has taken him to Dublin with RTÉ and to London with the BBC. Apart from working as a TV journalist, Paul has made a number of documentaries in Ireland and overseas. His journeys have taken him to Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Nepal, India and large parts of Central and South America. A number of these programmes have won national TV awards. Earlier in his career, Paul Clark worked as a DJ on 2 FM in Dublin. He is a versatile person, comfortable working with large and small groups. Paul is also the ideal person as master of ceremonies and chairman at conference events. Paul was born in Belfast and still lives in Northern Ireland with his wife Carol and two sons Peter and David. He is interested in military history, Irish history, politics and the developing world.

William Crawley

William Crawley is one of the BBC's most versatile broadcasters; his many TV credits range from the natural history series 'Blueprint', the biggest multi-platform project BBC Northern Ireland has ever produced, to presenting live coverage of The Queen's visit to Northern Ireland. In his TV interview series 'William Crawley Meets', he talks to some of the world's most controversial thinkers and activists, including the biologist Richard Dawkins and the gay bishop Gene Robinson. He has presented a film about climate change from a frozen Hudson Bay, and reported on the 9/11 attacks while standing on the rubble at the centre of Ground Zero; and he recently completed a trilogy of semi- autobiographical documentaries for BBC1: Sorry For Your Trouble, Dying For A Drink and Losing Our Religion and presented a Spotlight special investigation from Rome. William has also presented the BBC's TV coverage of the Belfast Festival since 2005. On radio, he presents arts, politics and literary documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3 and on Radio Ulster he presents Sunday Sequence, winner of the UK religion and ethics programme of the year award, as well as The Book Programme. He can also be heard presenting Radio Ulster's lunchtime current affairs phone-in show Talk Back, the drive-time news programme Evening Extra and Radio 4's Sunday programme. William's blog, Will & Testament, is the most widely read blog in the BBC's nations and regions. Beyond broadcasting William is the host of Queen's University's very successful interview series Out to Lunch With William Crawley which features an in-depth interview with nationally well-known celebrities before a large audience and many of the Belfast Festival's major interview events William is increasingly in demand as a conference chair and public speaker.

Jamie Delargy

Jamie Delargy has forged a career in business journalism telling it as it is. His was one of only a few voices warning ten years ago of the risks from an overheated housing market. On a more positive note, he has consistently offered critical support for the introduction here of a reduced rate of corporation tax. In 2014 he launched Northern Ireland’s first user-friendly energy price comparison website enirgy.info, which in addition to uncovering the best electricity deals provides a wealth of information about the energy market. He is currently carrying out research into the use of solar energy to dry firewood. A third generation prototype device is being developed with a view to a launch on the market of a flatpack version. Jamie began his career in journalism working in the Irish News before moving to Downtown Radio. In 1980 he joined UTV. Since then he has worked on and edited current affairs and consumer programmes, before moving back to news. As former business editor for UTV and U105 Radio, Jamie has covered the big stories in the industrial and commercial world.

John Daly

John Daly is a Series Producer and Presenter at RTE Television, RTE Radio, Independent Pictures, VIP, BBC Television and BBC Radio. At ease on either side of the camera John's individual approach and instinctive way of making both guests and audience comfortable has made him a huge favourite for hosting corporate events.

Janet Gray MBE

Jackie Fullerton

Jackie Fullerton made his break into the media working for UTV after a career in Irish League soccer which included a League Championship win with Crusaders in 1973. As an avid sports enthusiast, he also played cricket for Junior Ulster. Since joining BBC NI in 1992 he has worked as a presenter and commentator on local and international soccer (his specialist area), rugby, motor bike racing and Gaelic games. Jackie has attended many major sports events including Soccer World Cup finals, Irish Golf Open Championships and the Isle of Man TT. He has also regularly co-hosted and taken part in BBC NI's Children In Need and has presented a number of radio programmes involving sport and music. Jackie appeared with George Jones and Clubsound to record the single We're Not Brazil, We're Northern Ireland, along with b-sides I'm Yer Man and Mexico, Here We Come. He also published his story I Did it My Way. He says his hobbies are his job and playing golf in the summer months. He also enjoys singing having performed in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey; following in the musical footsteps of the world’s best crooners – Dean Martin and Perry Como.

George Jones

George Jones is indisputably one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished all round entertainers. Best known as a showband legend, TV and radio presenter, comedian and after dinner speaker, he began his career as a member of the band the Monarchs which included his boyhood friend, Van Morrison, with whom he toured Europe. In fact for over 20 years, George has played in Birgitz, Austria with the “Irish Band”, where they were awarded the prestigious award of Citizens of the Village. A natural comic with a very unique and distinctive style of wit, he has developed a reputation as the funniest man in Ireland since the late great James Young. Awarded the prestigious Sony Radio Award for best regional radio presenter, George has continued to combine his razor sharp wit with his natural musical talent much to the delight of countless fans throughout Ireland. George has vast experience as a radio presenter and currently hosts Downtown Radio's Drivetime Show. In addition to his many stage and radio successes, George has also hosted BBC Northern Ireland’s most successful ever television game show - Town Challenge. For over 15 years George has been the Compere to the very successful “ Do You Come Here Often “ show, the tribute to the showband years. He has toured with the stage show “On Eagle’s Wing, and he has been back in our theatre’s celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Clubsound and he also played a new character in the stage version of “Give My Head Peace”. A gifted natural entertainer, George is without doubt one of the country’s most popular and highly respected after dinner speakers. George has enjoyed skiing for 35 years and also teaches skiing. He is an avid golfer and paints in watercolours

Gerry Kelly

Gerry Kelly is one of Ireland’s most popular and long standing TV presenters. Most recently he presented the chat show Gerry Kelly Meets for UTV, but best known for hosting the hit talk show Kelly for 17 years. He became a TV broadcaster full time in 1979 when he was picked to present UTV’s nightly one-hour news magazine programme with Gloria Hunniford. After Gloria’s departure, Gerry took over Good Evening Ulster for a short spell before branching out into social action programme Lifestyle. At the end of the 1980’s he presented a series of outside broadcast road shows for UTV, before taking the tiller to host Kelly in September 1989. By 2005 Gerry really was the chat show host with Kelly ratings breaking all previously held records and consistently attracting 350,000 viewers. After 17 years of the Kelly show, 2006 heralded the start of a new chapter in Gerry’s broadcasting career. UTV commissioned him for 36 Gerry Meets in depth 30 – minute interviews with various high profile personalities. He also had his own radio show on U105 for a time. In 1998 Gerry was installed in the Royal Television Society Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifelong contribution to broadcasting. He also received two prestigious Entertainment and Media Awards and the Kelly Show has twice been voted the most entertaining programme in N.I. In 1993 he received the prestigious Sony Gold Award for a special programme following the Shankill Road Bombing. Gerry left UTV in 2008 to write his memoirs “KELLY” and the following year was asked by BBC Radio Ulster to take over their Saturday lunchtime programme. Since the he has more than doubled the listening figures and the programme continues to go from strength to strength. Gerry still finds time to donate to charity work and is involved in community work with young people. He is also in great demand to present award ceremonies and corporate dinners and is now available for product endorsements and company campaigns. Gerry lives in Coney Island Co. Down with his wife Helena and daughters Sarah & Claire.

Ivan Little

Ivan Little is a TV journalist by day and an actor by night. He has been with UTV in Belfast for more than 25 years, covering the Troubles and in recent times he has reported on the 9/11 attacks in New York, the tsunami in Thailand and the war in Iraq. He also worked extensively for ITN. As an actor, Ivan has played the lead role in of one of Northern Ireland's most successful ever plays The History of the Troubles (accordin' to my Da) which has been enjoyed by nearly 200,000 people in the last five years. Ivan also performed in the extended run of Educating Rita at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and in the award-winning Scenes from the Big Picture at the city’s Waterfront Hall. Ivan recently published his autobiography Little by Little which figured in the top 10 of local book sales. Lives Ivan was born in Belfast and still lives there.

Adrian Logan

Adrian Logan, Affectionately known as Logie, Adrian joined UTV in 1985 and is currently sports editor and a sports presenter and reporter for UTV Live. Before joining UTV he worked as a reporter for Scene Around Six and Inside Ulster, BBC Northern Ireland's evening news bulletins. Adrian has reported on events across Ireland and around the world. Adrian is a keen GAA supporter and has been UTV's principal reporter on all aspects of GAA sports; presenting its weekly highlights program; The Gaelic Game and as main host and reporter for its weekly GAA magazine series, End to End. He was also the main presenter for UTV's World Cup Rugby coverage. Adrian presented and reported on UTV's live coverage and highlights of the annual North West 200 and has also reported and presented from the Isle of Man TT.. . In addition to sporting events, Adrian presented UTV's live coverage of the funerals of two of Northern Ireland's most famous sportsmen - Joey Dunlop in 2000 and George Best in 2005. He is a busy speaker and was recently in the US at a international GAA event. He has also compered at Irish cultural events in San Francisco and London. Adrian was born in Dungannon and still lives in Northern Ireland with his wife Monica and children Helen, Sean and Michael. He enjoys reading, travel, Native American culture, music, squash and all sports.

May McFettridge

Northern Ireland’s very own queen of comedy, May McFettridge has earned a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old alike with her distinctive brand of affectionate but well aimed gibes and witticisms.

Tim McGarry

Tim McGarry is one of the most highly sought after comperes and after dinner speakers working in Northern Ireland today. He is former lawyer, (but please don’t hold that against him) an experienced actor, writer, stand-up comedian and broadcaster who has worked extensively on television, radio and stage. He is probably most renowned for playing the part of Sinn Fein stalwart Da in 73 episodes of the hugely popular sitcom Give My Head Peace which ran for ten years and was Northern Ireland’s most popular TV show. Tim has also performed a huge number of different roles (both male and female!) in the BBC NI television sketch show Dry Your Eyes. He was the host on the Radio Ulster and BBC1 NI television comedy panel show, The Blame Game. Tim writes and performs the weekly topical “taxi-driver” piece for BBCNI’s popular current affairs TV show Hearts and Minds. Tim has wide experience as a stand up, solo performer, presenter and after dinner speaker. His one man stand-up show “Tim McGarry’s Irish History Lesson” got a 5 star review in the Belfast Telegraph and toured the entire province to standing ovations. Married with two children Tim likes to get out of the house as often as possible which is why he has vast experience as an after dinner speaker. Tim has wowed audiences of all shapes and sizes all across Northern Ireland from intimate parties to large corporate functions. From accountants to golfers to youth groups, from hospital consultants to weddings and footballers Tim is guaranteed to make your audience laugh. He also is a highly accomplished compere and awards host who will bring professionalism to any occasion as well as providing a light and humorous touch to make any event as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Tim is easily pleased and requires only the odd pint of Guinness to keep him going. His favourite comedians are Stewart Lee, Eddie Izzard and Jim Allister. Some quotes........ “Thank you so much for the craic today. The kids really enjoyed it and looking at the evaluation feedback forms - you were the highlight of the event.” “Tim was excellent on Friday night.... he was a true pro!” “Thank you so much for coming along to the event. It went extremely well and we were delighted with your performance. It really uplifted the whole event and the feedback, particularly from the young people, was fantastic. You made their night by talking with them and letting them have photos. We really hope to work with you again in the future.” “Tim recently compéred our Fine Wine Challenge event with great reviews. His quick wit and banter injected just the right amount of humour to keep the whole crowd entertained while at the same time managing to make sure the evening ran smoothly. The perfect choice for any corporate event!”

Tara Mills

Tara studied politics at the University of Ulster. After a post-grad in journalism she worked for Citybeat and The Spectator in Bangor. A move across the water followed with a three-year stint at Radio Clyde in Glasgow. She moved back home to Belfast to the BBC in 1998 and has been working across radio and television ever since. She became one of BBC Newsline's reporters seven years ago. Tara divides her week as anchor on BBC Newsline at 6.30 and on Radio Ulster's drive time programme Evening Extra and has a special interest in politics and social affairs. Tara has also presented The Sunday Politics and The View and spent a year working on BBC Spotlight. Outside of work Tara used to enjoy running. She's now running shorter distances: after her young children Daniel and Aimee!

Marie Louise Muir

Marie-Louise Muir is the main presenter of BBC Northern Ireland Arts coverage on radio and television. She presents an arts show on BBC Radio Ulster Tuesday-Thursday nights at 630pm-7pm and the monthly “The Arts Show” on BBC Northern Ireland Television. She also writes and authors programmes for BBC Radio 4 including “Something Understood”, “Dinner at Annaghmakerrig” and “From Derry to Mostar”. She is currently working on new commissions for BBC Radio 4 and has just wrapped on a 3 part series for BBC Northern Ireland on hymns “Then Sings My Soul” to be broadcast in 2015. She was the guest curator of the 2014 “On Home Ground – Celebrating Seamus Heaney” arts, poetry and music festival in Magherafelt, which attracted Gary Lightbody, Liam O’Flynn, and a host of poets, writers, musicians and artists to the small County Derry town. She is a regular chair of arts and culture debates, comperes live events, conducts on stage interviews in front of a live audience, and chairs panel discussions and audience question and answer sessions. Marie-Louise studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She is also a trained arts administrator, studying at University College Dublin. She also sits on the board of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, a residential workplace for artists cross border in Ireland and internationally.

Jo Scott

Jo Scott has been with a journalist/broadcaster with the BBC for 15 years and has worked across a wide variety of programmes from news, weather, travel/lifestyle and most recently hosted Belfast's contribution to Children in Need 2014. Jo studied in Edinburgh and went on to work in Marks and Spencer Head office as a food buyer. Although she loved her job with Marks and Spencer her love of journalism brought her back to Belfast to take up a job initially with Radio Ulster as a journalist/ newsreader and then quickly on to BBC Newsline where she has been broadcasting across breakfast, lunch and evening bulletins ever since. Jo’s passion is property renovation/interiors. Other areas of interest include food, travel and with two small children, family and health/lifestyle.

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson is a well known face on the BBC. She regularly presents BBC Newsline bulletins and anchors Radio Ulster's flagship current affairs programme Evening Extra. Karen has also presented the BBC series Bikes! featuring four of the local road races; the consumer affairs programme Fair Play and the annual Balmoral Show which satisfies her love for the country. A winner of an Institute of Public Relations award for journalism, Karen excels in the live news environment - breaking stories from all over the world. Her career began in Bangor at the county Down Spectator before she moved to Downtown Radio and onto the BBC in 2000.

Sarah Travers

Sarah Travers was educated at Dominican College in her home town of Portstewart and went on to study journalism at the Nottingham-Trent University. After a brief spell with a commercial radio station in Leicester, she joined the BBC starting at BBC Radio Foyle in 1995 before moving to the Belfast newsroom in 1997 were she worked as a journalist and a news reader on BBC Radio Ulster. A move into TV a couple of years later saw Sarah take up a presenter position with the BBC Newsline team. She currently presents a range of bulletins and programmes throughout the week. She is also a regular face on BBC Newsline's flagship 6.30 programme. Every Thursday Sarah also fronts the popular Family Focus slot within the 6.30 programme.

Juilian Simmons

Julian Simmons is undoubtedly UTV’s most dynamic and charismatic personality and has become a legend in his own lifetime. Best known for his role as UTV’s primetime announcer, his trademark off-the-wall humour has made him a household name who more often than not proves far more entertaining than the shows he is introducing. More recently Julian presented a six-part series, UTV Rewind, looking at archive clips from UTV. A star not only throughout Ireland, but further afield too, Julian regularly hosts fashion shows, conferences, seminars and glittering premier parties throughout Europe and North America. He has also made numerous appearances on RTE and BBC NI game shows, where his unique brand of comedy has never failed to entertain audiences. A gifted comedian and talented presenter, Julian is also one of Northern Ireland’s most sought after voiceover artists. Indeed, his cockney and American accents have been used in countless television and radio commercials. Known in the entertainment industry as the ‘Martini Man’, Julian prides himself on being ready to perform anytime, anyplace, anywhere. It’s this love of entertainment that makes him one of the country’s leading after dinner speakers and MCs.

Denise Watson

Denise Watson has worked as a Sports Journalist in NI for almost 20 years. She currently works for UTV Sport as a reporter and U105 radio. Denise also writes a weekly column on Females in Sport for the News Letter. The Lisburn woman spent 17 years at BBC Sport NI where she worked on Radio Ulster's current affairs shows and presented Irish League show "Final Score" as well as reporting for "BBC Newsline." She was awarded CIPR Sports Journalist of the year in 2007 for breaking the story on Oisin McConville's gambling addiction. Denise also trained as a video journalist 12 years ago. Mum of two Denise regularly hosts Council Sport Awards and corporate events and loves meeting people when she's out and about at functions. Her daughters Sam (9) and Beth (5) are already involved in Sport and Denise is keen to get kids active and playing Sport. She is an IFA ambassador for Women's Football and hosts seminars for Sport NI too. Call us to book Denise for your event."

Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson’s passion for all things sporting has made him one of Northern Ireland’s leading TV sports presenters. After graduating in politics from Queen's University, Belfast he took up a post in UTV in 1993 before moving to his present post in BBC NI six years later. As a World Transplant Games gold medal winner in his own right, Stephen’s infectious enthusiasm for sport has been reflected in his in-depth coverage of many of the world’s most prestigious events, including the World Cup Finals, golf’s Masters Competition, The Open, The Ryder Cup, World Championship Boxing, Commonwealth Games and the Six Nations Rugby Championship.

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