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Before joining UTV as a reporter in 2003, Neil studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism at the University of Ulster, Belfast.
In his first year working for UTV Live, Neil reported for the features and news departments.
In November 2004, Neil moved to the UTV Sport team, where he remains a reporter and presenter for UTV Live, UTV News and Sport and Sport on Sunday.
Among the stories he has covered in his time in the Sports department are the deteriorating health of George Best, providing live reports from the Cromwell Hospital, London in late 2005, and the fortunes of Derry City in their UEFA Cup challenges from the Brandywell Stadium, from Fir Park in Motherwell and from the Parc des Princes for Derry's last matches in the campaign against Paris Saint-Germain. Brittain was also dispatched to France as UTV's reporter covering Ireland's matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
He was married to Rachel in Down Cathedral in August 2006.