Broadcaster George Hook is retiring from Newstalk in December after 16 years at the radio station.

Newstalk announced the news on Thursday.

The 77-year-old broadcaster has presented the evening drivetime programme The Right Hook, High Noon, and most recently Hook’s Saturday Sit In during his time at the station.

Patricia Monahan, Managing Editor of Newstalk said in a statement: "George has been with Newstalk since we launched in 2002 and in the intervening 16 years has made a great contribution to the station.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and wish him well in his retirement."

George Hook leaving Newstalk in December

The radio host stepped down from his lunchtime show High Noon in September 2017 after controversy over comments he made about sexual assault.

He was temporarily suspended by Newstalk before returning to host the Saturday morning show in January.

Hook will present his last Saturday Sit In in December.