Charles Mitchel First TV Newsreader

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Award for Charles Mitchel RTE Television's first newsreader.

  • Title
    Jacob's Awards 1962
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/12/1962
  • Contributor
    Harry Thuillier (Compere)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:24
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Charles Mitchel First TV Newsreader
  • Extended description

    Compere of the first Jacob's Television Awards Harry Thuillier, announces the final award of the night. Charles Mitchel the first man to read the news on Irish television receives his award. In his acceptance speech he quips,"This is the nicest bit of news I have ever received."

    He goes on to thank all of the people who put the news programmes together. On leaving the stage he is congratulated by the Taoiseach, Sean Lemass.

  • Information

    Charles Mitchel read the first news bulletin on Irish television on the opening night of Telefís Éireann 31 December 1961. He remained incredibly popular with viewers throughout his career.

    Charles Mitchel retired after reading his last news programme on 8 November 1984.

    The Jacob's Awards were for many years given for contributions to radio and television. Jacob's a biscuit manufacturer sponsored the awards from 1962 to 1993.

    The extract here is from the first Jacob's Television Awards broadcast 8 December 1962.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, Charles Mitchel, Harry Thuillier, Sean Lemass, Jacob's Awards, RTÉ, Awards, 1960s
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1962
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    N956/00062
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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