Broadcaster Frank Hall, who appeared on Irish television screens over three decades, has died at the Mater Hospital.
Frank Hall was born in Newry in 1921, and went from working in a men's outfitters shop to the art department of the Irish Independent and later was a columnist for the Evening Herald. He joined RTÉ Television in its early days and presented and reported for 'Newsbeat’, current affairs series which focused on issues of local interest from around Ireland, running from 1964 to 1971.
Hall had also reported for RTÉ News, interviewing The Beatles when they arrived at Dublin Airport for their concerts at the Adelphi Cinema, Abbey Street, in November 1963.
He will most likely remain in the public’s memory as the writer and presenter of the satirical and frequently irreverent series ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ which ran for twelve years on RTÉ Television.
Frank Hall saw the funny side of situations and was able to highlight peoples’ faults in a humous way, says RTÉ producer Peter McEvoy, who was part of the ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ team, describing his late colleague as
A most genuine, wonderful man, I'm going to miss him.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 September 1995. The reporter is Colm Connolly.