Gerry Kelly is one of Ireland’s most popular and long standing TV presenters. Most recently he presented the chat show Gerry Kelly Meets for UTV, but best known for hosting the hit talk show Kelly for 17 years.
He became a TV broadcaster full time in 1979 when he was picked to present UTV’s nightly one-hour news magazine programme with Gloria Hunniford. After Gloria’s departure, Gerry took over Good Evening Ulster for a short spell before branching out into social action programme Lifestyle.
At the end of the 1980’s he presented a series of outside broadcast road shows for UTV, before taking the tiller to host Kelly in September 1989. By 2005 Gerry really was the chat show host with Kelly ratings breaking all previously held records and consistently attracting 350,000 viewers.
After 17 years of the Kelly show, 2006 heralded the start of a new chapter in Gerry’s broadcasting career. UTV commissioned him for 36 Gerry Meets in depth 30 – minute interviews with various high profile personalities. He also had his own radio show on U105 for a time.
In 1998 Gerry was installed in the Royal Television Society Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifelong contribution to broadcasting. He also received two prestigious Entertainment and Media Awards and the Kelly Show has twice been voted the most entertaining programme in N.I. In 1993 he received the prestigious Sony Gold Award for a special programme following the Shankill Road Bombing.
Gerry left UTV in 2008 to write his memoirs “KELLY” and the following year was asked by BBC Radio Ulster to take over their Saturday lunchtime programme. Since the he has more than doubled the listening figures and the programme continues to go from strength to strength.
Gerry still finds time to donate to charity work and is involved in community work with young people. He is also in great demand to present award ceremonies and corporate dinners and is now available for product endorsements and company campaigns.
Gerry lives in Coney Island Co. Down with his wife Helena and daughters Sarah & Claire.
He is passionate golfer and used to play off a handicap of 5, but has now mellowed to a more leisurely 12.