Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
|Died||21 September 1995 (aged 74)
|Occupation||Broadcaster, journalist, satirist, film censor|
The Late Late Show
Hall's Pictorial Weekly
Born in Newry, County Down, Hall received little more than a primary education as he left school at the age of twelve to work in a local shop. He later worked as a waiter in London before moving to Dublin. On his return he joined the art department of the Irish Independent. Hall subsequently worked with the Evening Herald where he wrote a column on dance bands.
After that, he moved to RTÉ where he worked in the newsroom. From 1964 to 1971 he presented Newsbeat , a regional news programme. He also presented The Late Late Show for the opening of the 1964 season, but his lack of success in that seat led to the return of the previous presenter, Gay Byrne. When Newsbeat ended, Hall started writing and presenting Hall's Pictorial Weekly, a political satire show that ran for over 250 episodes until 1980.
Hall won two Jacob's Awards, in 1966 and 1975, for his work on Newsbeat and Hall's Pictorial Weekly respectively.
In 1978, Hall was appointed Ireland's national film censor. During his period as censor he was known for his strict application of Irish censorship and his defence of family values. Among the films banned by him was Monty Python's Life of Brian, which he described as "offensive to Christians and to Jews as well, because it made them appear a terrible load of gobshites".
Hall had a long running affair with a young colleague from RTÉ, though married to Aideen Kearney at the time. It has also been claimed that he had a child with RTÉ presenter Frankie Byrne, though this has been disputed by family members.
|Host of The Late Late Show
19 September 1964 – 19 December 1964