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PostSubject: Tributes paid to Talkback presenter David Dunseith   Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:11 am

Tributes paid to Talkback presenter David Dunseith

The first and deputy first ministers have paid tribute to journalist David Dunseith who has died at the age of 76.

Mr Dunseith's broadcasting career spanned four decades, but he is most closely associated with Radio Ulster's Talkback programme, which he presented for almost 20 years.

First Minister Peter Robinson said he was a "consummate professional" and "one of our greatest broadcasters".

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he made Talkback "unmissable".

"David was for me, and I am sure many others, quite simply the voice of radio here," he added.

Through some of the darkest days of the Northern Ireland troubles and in the absence of a local political assembly, Talkback provided a forum for debate where no other existed.

Mr Dunseith retired from BBC NI this year.

He ended his career on Radio Ulster presenting Seven Days on Sunday afternoons.

Mr Dunseith began his career in UTV, anchoring the nightly news programme UTV Reports.

He later joined BBC Northern Ireland as a political journalist and analyst, presenting the television current affairs programme Spotlight and chairing programmes dealing with major events such as elections.

He became a regular contributor to Talkback when it first went on air in 1986 and in 1989 he became its presenter.

He won 'Local Broadcaster of the Year' in 1993 at the Sony Awards for his role in the programme.

BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme won a Gold Sony Award in 1997 for Best Phone-in/Topical Debate.

The programme also won a Silver Sony Award in 2006 in the News & Current Affairs programme category.

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