Martin King (broadcaster)
7 April 1963
|Employer||Virgin Media Television and Q102|
|Known for||TV3 Weather, The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin, Late Lunch Live, The Seven O'Clock Show, The Six O'Clock Show|
|Spouse(s)||Jenny McCarthy (2011–)|
Martin King (born 7 April 1963) is an Irish broadcaster who is the Monday to Thursday co-host of The Six O'Clock Show on Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) and presents his own radio show from Monday to Friday on Q102. King was TV3's first ever weather anchor when it launched back in 1998.
King got involved in radio when he was 15 years old working for pirate radio stations including Big D and Sunshine 101. He joined 98FM when it launched in 1989 where he was one of their main on-air personalities before becoming TV3's weather anchor when it launched on the 20 September 1998. King also had his own Saturday morning show on Today FM from 2002 until 2017.
King's personality-driven style of weather forecasting on TV3 won King many awards and he was one of the main features of TV3's news presentation. He appeared as a guest on The Podge and Rodge Show on RTÉ Two in March 2006. As well as presenting weather bulletins, King has also presented a number of shows with TV3 such as Martin King's Commercial Breakdown in 2008 and along with Sybil Mulcahy, co-hosted The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin which ran from 2009 until it was axed in 2013.
King went on to co-host its replacement show called Late Lunch Live that was also co-hosted by Lucy Kennedy and Claire Solan. After TV3 lost the right to Emmerdale and Coronation Street to UTV Ireland in 2015, King became the Monday to Thursday co-host of The Seven O'Clock Show which air in the slot where Emmerdale and Coronation Street aired. When TV3 got the rights to air Emmerdale and Coronation Street again in 2016 after buying UTV Ireland, the show moved and became The Six O'Clock Show where King is currently the Monday to Thursday co-host. Since 2017, King has presented a daily Monday to Friday show on Q102.
King lives in Rathfarnham in South Co.Dublin with photographer Jenny McCarthy and their children Matthew, and Alex. Jenny has a son from her previous marriage, Dean 23 and King has two children from a previous relationship, Victoria 22 & James 19. They met when King was an 98FM presenter and McCarthy was one of the "Thunder Girls". Jenny was struck down with a brain tumour in 2010. They married in Killashee House Hotel in Naas, County Kildare, on 7 November 2011 and honeymooned in the Canaries. The Sam Maguire Cup was guest of honour at the wedding.
King is known to be an enthusiastic flyer of drones and a strong advocate of the use of drone technology in meteorological research and development. King himself gave the keynote address at the '2015 Irish Drone Tech' conference in City West, Dublin with much praise received for his insights on the subject. Quote- "I like drones, the Spinny bits are my favourite".
King is a keen sports fan, especially GAA and soccer. He supports Bohemians.
King supports a number of charities. The ISPCC, The Meningitis Foundation, The Baby Max Wings Of Love Fund, The Marie Keating Foundation are just a few of the other causes to which King is happy to give his time.
- "TV3 to axe 'Morning Show' in shake-up". Irish Independent. 26 July 2013.
- "'I've been bursting to tell everyone' - Lucy and Martin's 'Late Lunch Live' bumped up to 7pm". Independent.ie. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- Melanie Finn (16 December 2016). "Revealed: Details of TV3 shake-up including the fate of Xpose, Midday and Ireland AM". Independent.ie. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- Smith, Andrea (28 March 2010). "A snapshot of life with Martin King". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- Sweeney, Ken (8 November 2011). "Sun smiles on wedding day of TV3's weatherman Martin King". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
- "Aww. We're Forecasting Luurve." ShowBiz Ireland. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- "Sam Maguire appearance at TV3 Martin's wedding". Evening Herald. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.