Published Sunday, 17 August 2014
Alison Comyn is one of the new faces of UTV Ireland (© Jason Clarke Photography)
The Louth native has previously presented numerous current affairs and entertainment programmes in the UK and Ireland, across RTÉ, BBC, Sky News and Channel 4.
She also presented the BBC's national 'Holiday' programme, where she worked alongside Jill Dando, Carol Smiley and Craig Doyle for four years.
Most recently, Alison Comyn worked as a reporter with Independent Newspapers, covering regional, political, crime and current affairs issues.
From UTV Ireland's inception, we always wanted someone we could call UTV's - bringing a fresh look and feel to Ireland's newest television channel.
Michael Wilson, in his blog Welcome Alison
"With a media career spanning 20 years, Alison brings a wealth of experience to UTV Ireland and our news team," Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Ireland, said.
"Her passion and professionalism are a great fit for the channel.
"UTV is widely recognised for investing in and producing high quality news and current affairs programming and the same core values will be applied to UTV Ireland."
Speaking about her new role, Alison Comyn said: "When broadcasting into homes and providing information that will ultimately shape opinions and entice debate, you have a responsibility which I feel privileged to uphold.
"I have always admired UTV's news and current affairs programming and I am delighted to be joining the UTV Ireland team."
Television news reporting has always been my true passion.
Beginning on 5 January 2015, Ireland Live at 10 will broadcast for an hour on Monday to Friday evenings, covering breaking news and facilitating debate on domestic and international issues.
Mary Curtis, UTV Ireland's Head of Channel, said: "We are investing significantly in UTV Ireland's news and current affairs operations.
"Ireland Live at 10 will broadcast live from our Dublin-based headquarters and, in addition to UTV's existing news facilities in Belfast and Derry, we are in the process of securing news bureaux in Cork, Galway and Limerick, to ensure the best all-island coverage.
"We are delighted to welcome Alison to UTV Ireland and we will be announcing Alison's co-anchor in due course, as we are currently building a strong team of experienced journalists and reporters."
UTV Ireland will launch on 1 January 2015, with further details about the schedule to be announced in the coming months.
For more information, go to www.utv.ie or follow @UTVIreland on Twitter.
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