A look back at the long and distinguished career of broadcaster Eamonn Andrews.

Following some months of illness, legendary broadcaster Eamonn Andrews died at the Cromwell Hospital in London, aged 64.

Andrews worked as a freelance broadcaster in Ireland from 1946 to 1950 before moving to London to work for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Eamonn Andrews was Ireland’s first major broadcasting export to Britain.

He hosted the popular television programmes 'What's My Line?' and 'This is Your Life' for the BBC and Independent Television (ITV). In 1960 he famously conducted a filmed interview with writer Brendan Behan in 'Meet The Quare Fella'.

While most of his work was carried out in Britain, Andrews spent a lot of time in Ireland. He was Chairman of the RTÉ Authority from 1961-66. As Chairman of Radio Éireann, he compèred Telefís Éireann's opening night on New Year's Eve 1961. While Eamonn Andrews Studios were also one of the pioneers in sponsored programmes in Ireland.

In spite of illness Eamonn Andrews had no intention of retiring.

He enjoyed his work and in the world of broadcasting he’ll be sorely missed.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 November 1987. The reporter is Alisdair Jackson.

Opening night of Telefís Éireann, 1961
Gráinne Andrews, Áine Ní Cheannain and Eamonn Andrews at the opening night of Telefís Éireann, 1961.