05 November-Éamonn Andrews

In the reception area of RTE (Radió Telifís Éireann) television studios there stands a bronze, larger than life statue of famous broadcaster Éamonn Andrews. During his lifetime Andrews became a highly successful broadcaster in both Ireland and Great Britain. He was voted Television Personality of the Year on four occasions and a stamp in his honour was issued by An Post in 1994. He was created a Papal Knight of St Gregory by Pope Paul VI in 1964 and appointed honorary CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1970.

Eamonn Andrews was born on Synge Street, Dublin on December 19th 1922 and was educated at Synge Street CBS (Christian Brothers School). He joined a local boxing club and in 1944 he became Ireland’s Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion. After he finished school he worked briefly in and insurance office before joining RTE as a sports commentator in 1946.

In 1950 Éamonn Andrews began working for BBC radio as a sports reporter and later as quiz master. A few years later he began his television broadcasting career as chairman of the panel game ‘What’s My Line?’ which was broadcast weekly. Though the programme was a success he became best known as presenter of ‘This Is Your Life’, a biography show which was originally devised in America. The programme, which was viewed by millions, was broadcast from 1955 to 1964 and again following its revival from 1969 until Éamonn Andrews died in November 1987. He also presented children’s programmes.

Éamonn Andrews was appointed chairman of the Radio Éireann Authority, now the RTÉ Authority, by the government in 1960. During his time as chairman from 1960 to 1964 the Authority oversaw the successful introduction a RTÉ television. He also became involved in the entertainment industry in Ireland. Andrews joined ITV in 1964 where, among other things, he successfully presented a late night chat show called The Éamonn Andrews Show. He returned to the BBC in 1969.

Eamonn Andrews died aged 64 in the year 1987 On This Day.

“This Is Your Life” BBC TV 1950s Russ Conway (Terry Stanford) by brizzle born and bred on 2010-09-05 08:46:09

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