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Radio Ulster changes presenters

Conor Bradford, Karen Patterson and Mark Carruthers
Conor Bradford, Karen Patterson and Mark Carruthers will present Good Morning Ulster

BBC Radio Ulster is reshuffling the presenters on its news and current affairs programmes from 31 August.

Karen Patterson and Mark Carruthers will join Conor Bradford on Good Morning Ulster.

Wendy Austin moves to Talkback, while Seamus McKee will present Evening Extra. From 6 September, David Dunseith will present Seven Days.

BBC NI Director Peter Johnston said it would "give this experienced team of presenters a chance to try new things".

"Each of the experienced broadcasters involved in these changes maintains unwavering professionalism and passion for delivering the news," he said.

"We believe their new presenting roles will provide them with an exciting opportunity to bring their own unique styles to some of our most loved and longest running programmes.

"In turn, we hope our listeners will keep tuning in and interacting with these programmes and that they continue to make them a part of their lives for many years to come."

Wendy Austin
Wendy Austin is moving from Good Morning Ulster to Talkback

Good Morning Ulster has been on BBC Radio Ulster in various guises since the station began in 1975.

Wendy Austin and Seamus McKee have been involved in the programme since 1981 and have been presenting it since the early 1990s, while Conor Bradford joined in 2000.

Talkback started on BBC Radio Ulster in 1986 with Barry Cowan at the helm. David Dunseith was a reporter on the programme, becoming its main presenter in 1989.

Sean Rafferty was the first presenter of Evening Extra in the mid-1990s. Mark Carruthers has presented the programme for more than 10 years, while Karen Patterson joined in 2006.

She has also been presenting Seven Days on a rotational basis with Wendy Austin for the past two years. The programme was first broadcast in the mid-1990s.



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