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George Hook moves from lunchtime slot to weekend Newstalk show

The new show will begin in December.

File photo: VETERAN BROADCASTER George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk Source:

GEORGE HOOK HAS stepped down from his afternoon show High Noon – but will return to Newstalk for a weekend show towards the end of this year.

In a statement released today, Newstalk said it has “now concluded the process which reviewed the circumstances that led to George Hook’s comments on rape recently”.

The station confirms that George Hook will be stepping down from his lunchtime slot. He will return to the station in December 2017 when he will take on a new weekend show.

Newstalk will shortly be announcing a replacement for the lunchtime show.

The station said that the results of the review will not be made public as it was an internal review. It said it will not be making any further comment on this issue.

Hook was suspended earlier this month after widespread condemnation of his comments about rape during a broadcast of High Noon.

The presenter ended a monologue on the issue of rape with the question “is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?”.

Sponsors terminated their deals with the station, guests walked off on-air and about 20 staff at the station drafted a letter to management calling for Hook to be taken off air.

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Hook and Newstalk apologised in a statement for the comments and Hook himself issued an apology on the airwaves.

However he was suspended while a process is ongoing into what he said.

- Additional reporting Cormac Fitzgerald

Read: ‘One of the most gender blind people I’ve ever worked with’: Ciara Kelly strongly defends George Hook>

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