It is with deep sadness that I note the death of the Irish journalist and radio broadcaster David Dunseith, after a period of ill-health. Dunseith, who hailed from the city of Derry, served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (the former British paramilitary police force in the North of Ireland) for some years before entering journalism in the late 1960s, joining UTV and then BBC NI, eventually becoming the presenter of the daily ‘Talk Back’ radio show from 1989 to 2009.
This is where I really first became aware of him, listening to BBC Radio Ulster on the MW here in Dublin, and he quickly became a welcome voice, and guide, through the intricate web of politics in the northern part of the country. He brought a real humanity and commonness of touch to his presenting that is rarely seen in broadcast journalism these days, with the belief that the story was the story, not the presenter. A radio natural, with a gentle, welcome humour he would have been a broadcaster of national standing had he made the journey from regional broadcasting with BBC NI to RTÉ but perhaps it was at home in the ‘Wee Six’ that he shone the most.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.