New appointments

Sky News has named Joe Walsh and Sally O’Herlihy news and deputy news editor respectively to head its 11-strong newsgathering team in Ireland.

The appointments coincide with the run-up to the spring launch of its evening bulletins, writes Wale Azeez.

Walsh joins Sky News from Dublin-based national station Today FM. He started his career as a print journalist in Kilkenny, before moving to Wexford to work for the Echo Group. In 1999 he moved to TV3 where he produced Ireland AM. Prior to joining Today FM in 2003, he produced and edited the Breakfast Show with David McWilliams on Newstalk106.

O’Herlihy joins Sky News Ireland from independent DC Productions, where she was a senior researcher on The Dunphy Show. Her career in broadcast journalism began at Today FM, where she moved from researcher to senior researcher to assistant producer. She also spent time at Grampian Television in Scotland as a news presenter and reporter.

The bulletin has also recruited three producers: John Keogh, who was head of news at Dublin’s 98 FM; Francess McDonnell from BBC Northern Ireland; and John Kelly, who joins from Sky Sports News

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