Frank Hall (broadcaster)

Frank Hall (February 1921 – 21 September 1995) was an Irish broadcaster, journalist, satirist and film censor. He is best remembered for his satirical revue programme Hall's Pictorial Weekly.

Frank Hall
Frank Hall

February 1921 (1921-02)
Died21 September 1995 (1995-09-22) (aged 74)
OccupationBroadcaster, journalist, satirist, film censor
Years active19621986
Notable credit(s)
The Late Late Show
Hall's Pictorial Weekly
Spouse(s)Aideen Hall
ChildrenDon Hall
David Hall
Geraldine Hall
Vivienne Hall
Julie Hall

Early life

Born in Newry, County Down, Hall received little more than a primary education as he left school at the age of twelve to work in a local shop. He later worked as a waiter in London before moving to Dublin.[1] On his return he joined the art department of the Irish Independent. Hall subsequently worked with the Evening Herald where he wrote a column on dance bands.


After that, he moved to RTÉ where he worked in the newsroom. From 1964 to 1971 he presented Newsbeat , a regional news programme.[1] He also presented The Late Late Show for the opening of the 1964 season, but his lack of success in that seat led to the return of the previous presenter, Gay Byrne. When Newsbeat ended, Hall started writing and presenting Hall's Pictorial Weekly, a political satire show that ran for over 250 episodes until 1980.

Hall won two Jacob's Awards, in 1966 and 1975, for his work on Newsbeat and Hall's Pictorial Weekly respectively.

Film censor

In 1978, Hall was appointed Ireland's national film censor. During his period as censor he was known for his strict application of Irish censorship and his defence of family values. Among the films banned by him was Monty Python's Life of Brian, which he described as "offensive to Christians and to Jews as well, because it made them appear a terrible load of gobshites".[1]

Family controversy

Hall had a long running affair with a young colleague from RTÉ, though married to Aideen Kearney at the time. It has also been claimed that he had a child with RTÉ presenter Frankie Byrne, though this has been disputed by family members.[2]


Hall died of a heart attack in Dublin in 1995.[1] He is buried in Dardistown Cemetery in North Dublin.


  1. The Irish Times, "Broadcaster and satirist Frank Hall dies at 74", 22 September 1995
  2. Nolan, Larissa (08-01-2006). "Family fury at RTÉ stars' love child claim". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2012-05-18. Check date values in: |date= (help)
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Preceded by
Gay Byrne
Host of The Late Late Show
19 September 1964 19 December 1964
Succeeded by
Gay Byrne
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