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    Sky News Ireland appoints Brian Daly and Ray Kennedy as

    Presenters for Sky News Ireland service

    Sky News Ireland today (Thursday 22nd June 2006) announced that Brian Daly and Ray Kennedy have been appointed Presenters of the daily news programmes at 6:30pm and 10pm. They will alternate presenting with their existing roles as correspondents. In addition, programme director, ?ine N? Chaoindealbh?in takes over from Sally Arthy at the helm of Sky News Ireland as General Manager.

    With a combined experience of more than 25 years in news, Brian and Ray will bring their wealth of reporting expertise to their new roles and offer an exciting new edge to the service.

    Nick Pollard, Head of Sky News, said: ?Brian and Ray are talented, versatile journalists who as presenters/correspondents bring valuable in-the-field knowledge to presenting Sky News Ireland’s nightly bulletins.”

    Speaking about his new position Ray Kennedy said ?I?m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take Sky News Ireland to the next level. Over the past two years we?ve brought a fresh approach to Irish news for viewers not just across the country but across the world. Now the time is right to build on that and develop what is already a successful programme.?

    Brian Daly added ?This new role offers the best of both worlds ? out on the road, reporting on the main stories one week and then fronting the programme the next. Sky News Ireland has shown over the past two years that it is a credible and professional news service that has handled all major news events with the authority expected from Sky.?

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    Background

    ?ine N? Chaoindealbh?in

    ?ine joined Sky News Ireland from TV3 at launch as the Programme Director responsible for on air look, management and recruitment of technical staff while also contributing to the editorial content of the programme. During ?ine?s time in TV3 she worked as a transmission editor, for the 1998 launch then progressed to director/vision mixer for a wide variety of programming (on news, current affairs, champions league etc). Prior to this ?ine also worked in RTE as a lighting operator and on TG4?s Ros na R?n in the capacity of vision control operator and avid editor.

    Brian Daly

    Brian joined Sky News Ireland at launch from TV3 where he was news anchor for the breakfast show, Ireland AM. Brian accomplishments since joining Sky News Ireland include live broadcasting from Rome on the death of John Paul II which included a special report from St Peter?s Square, a live report from Zambia in 2004 on the effect that aids is having on the country and most recently an exclusive interview with Patrick Eugene aka ?Dutchy? Holland following his recent release from prison. Brian has also written and produced various documentaries on subjects such as mental health and the Chernobyl disaster. His documentary on the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident won the Gold Special Jury Award at 2003?s Worldfest Film Festival in Houston, Texas.

    Ray Kennedy

    Prior to joining Sky News Ireland at launch in May 2004, Ray was a journalist and newscaster at RT? for three years, moving there from TV3, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Since joining Sky News Ireland Ray has covered the Tsunami in Asia, the 2004 US election campaign live from Washington; the 1916 Easter Rising parade which was critically acclaimed in the Irish media and most recently the funeral of Charles Haughey which was broadcast not only in Ireland but across the UK via Sky News Interactive. Ray was also nominated as one of Ireland Favourite News Presenters in the TV Now Smart Telecom Awards.

    Sky News Ireland

    Sky News Ireland began broadcasting in May 2004 as part of Sky News. 2 bulletins are broadcast at 6.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. each weekday and the service is also available to Sky digital viewers across Ireland and the UK via Sky News Active.

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