Larry is new Radio Foyle editor

New Editor-in-Chief at Radio Foyle, Larry Deeney, pictured yesterday at the Northland Road BBC station. 0402JM82
New Editor-in-Chief at Radio Foyle, Larry Deeney, pictured yesterday at the Northland Road BBC station. 0402JM82
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Radio Foyle’s new boss has spoken of his delight at being appointed editor of the Derry station.

Larry Deeney, says it is “particularly special” to be taking over at the helm of Foyle during the city’s landmark culture year.

The Derry native, a senior broadcast journalist at Foyle for close to a decade, most recently held the role of City of Culture Co-ordinator for BBC Northern Ireland. Prior to this, he was a North West correspondent for the Belfast Telegraph.

“I’m delighted to be taking over as editor during what is arguably the biggest year in the station’s history,” Larry told the ‘Journal’ yesterday. “For about a year now, I’ve been focused on helping the BBC to get ready for Derry~Londonderry 2013. It’s going to be particularly special for me to lead the station during the celebrations and to serve local listeners in the future.”

Fergus Keeling, Head of Radio, BBC Northern Ireland said: “Larry takes over at an important time for Foyle. He brings strong journalistic and editorial skills to the role and a deep commitment to BBC audiences in the North West.” Director BBC NI, Peter Johnston added “Larry has worked tirelessly in his role as UK City of Culture Co-ordinator for BBC NI. He has been passionate about how the BBC will cover this important year and has been instrumental in coordinating our local and network approach.”