Newstalk confirms George Hook replacement and people on Twitter are delighted

Newstalk confirms George Hook replacement and people on Twitter are delighted

'Fearless, fresh and compelling radio'.

Newstalk has announced Dr. Ciara Kelly as its new lunchtime presenter.

Lunchtime Live will see the Irish TV doctor and broadcaster take over the 12 - 2 pm slot, Monday to Friday, from George Hook following his controversial departure from the midday programme.

Broadcaster George Hook's (Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

The new show will be a mix of current affairs, politics, lifestyle and human interest stories.

Commenting on her new slot, Dr Kelly said: "I'm very excited to be presenting Lunchtime Live on Newstalk.

"It's going to be great to front a show that has real interaction with listeners, where we get stuck into issues people are talking about in their daily lives.

"I am lucky to have a brilliant, dynamic team behind me and we want to make fearless, fresh and compelling radio."

Lunchtime Live hopes to bring a 'fresh perspective to midday radio examining the key issues of the day and how they affect the lives of the listeners'.

The Communicorp Group's recently appointed CEO, Adrian Serle, said that 'straight talker' Kelly will be a great addition to the station's schedule.

"We are delighted that Ciara will be presenting this new show on Newstalk's primetime schedule.

"Ciara already has a strong relationship with the station and resonates well with our listeners, so we are looking forward to developing that relationship with us and our listeners through 'Lunchtime Live'.

"Ciara is a great broadcasting talent, a straight talker and will add a great dynamic to our already strong schedule."

It seems the announcement has gone down well on the Twittersphere with many users quick to congratulate Ciara on the news.