Don Cockburn

Don Cockburn (13 March 1930 – 4 September 2017) was an Irish journalist, presenter and newsreader. He is best known as a long-serving newsreader for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), who anchored the broadcaster's main evening television news programmes during over 30 years of service.

Don Cockburn
Born13 March 1930
Died (aged 87)
Dublin, Ireland
EducationSynge Street CBS, Dublin[1]
Years active1958–1992
Notable credit(s)
RTÉ News, Nine O'Clock News

Cockburn originally joined RTÉ as a part-time announcer in 1958, and was made a full-time employee in 1972.[2] He was formerly employed in Dublin Corporation as head of wages in the engineering department.[3]

He retired 20 years later on 15 December 1992,[4] having served as a newsreader for many years.[5] His one eccentricity was that he cycled to RTÉ's Montrose Studios every day.[4]

He died on 4 September 2017.[6][7]


  1. "Synge Street: Who's Who". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  2. "7 RTÉ newsreaders we've known and loved". Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. "Full-time". Irish Press. 17 October 1972. p. 5.
  4. "RTÉ: Veteran Broadcaster Retires". EUScreen. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  5. "RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn". RTÉ Stills Library. RTÉ Archives. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. "Death Notice Of Donald (Don) COCKBURN, Mount Merrion, Dublin, Ireland". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  7. "Former RTÉ newscaster Don Cockburn dies". 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2017-09-05.

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