Gerry Anderson planning new year return to airwaves

Gerry Anderson, popular BBC Radio Ulster presenter.
Gerry Anderson, popular BBC Radio Ulster presenter.
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Broadcaster Gerry Anderson is aiming to return to the airwaves in the new year after more than a year off due to illness.

The popular BBC TV and radio presenter has told the ‘Journal’ that the past twelve months have been ‘complicated’.

“I don’t want to say too much about it at this stage but it’s been quite a complicated time,” he said.

“I’ve undergone a number of operations and it’s involved a long recovery process. However, I’d like to be back at work in the near future - possibly some time in the new year.”

The award-winning presenter - who stopped fronting his Radio Ulster/Foyle show in December of 2012 due to ill-health - said he had been buoyed over the past year by many messages of support from fans and well-wishers.

His good friend and co-host Sean Coyle has been manning the mid-morning radio programme alone for the past year.

Anderson spoke to the ‘Journal’ during an interview for a new film he has written which portrays life in Derry in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

‘A City Dreaming’ will receive its first public screening at Derry’s St Columb’s Hall on December 6.

Described as a ‘love letter to Derry”, the film, narrated by Anderson, incorporates a series of personal and intimate recollections of a city and its people.

Gerry says the project was an “emotional journey” for him.

See Friday’s ‘Journal’ for more on the new film.