Famous as a broadcast journalist for Northern Ireland's UTV network, he is also known for his hosting work on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Northern Ireland.
In the late 1970s, he became one of the first hosts of RTE Radio 2.
Though he was raised Catholic, he later converted to the Presbyterian denomination of Protestantism.
He and his wife Carol raised sons named David and Peter.
He and Gloria Hunniford are both well known Northern Irish-born television and radio hosts.