The well-known Donegal businessman, TV producer and presenter, Gerry Robinson, has died aged 72.

Born in 1948 in Dunfanaghy, he briefly trained to become a Catholic priest, before beginning his career as an accountant at Matchbox Toys in the mid-60s.

He went on to work in a range of positions in manufacturing, support services and entertainment.

In 1987, he led a management buy-out of Division, which later became the Compass Group.

Four years later, he joined TV company, Granada, as chief executive and later served as its chairman.

As well as producing a number of successful TV programmes, Mr Robinson also fronted several that focused on turning around failing businesses.

These included "Show Them Who’s Boss", "Gerry’s Big Decision" and two series on the management of the NHS.

Over the decades, he also served as chairman of Allied Domecq, The Arts Council of England, British Sky Broadcasting Group and ITN.

Despite spending much of his working life in England, in 1998 he moved his family back to Donegal, where they made the Oakfield Park estate in Raphoe their home.

He subsequently spent much time renovating the house and gardens.

In 2003, he was awarded a knighthood for his services to the arts and business.

He is survived by his wife Heather, as well as his daughters and sons, Samantha, Richard, April and Tim.