# George Hook

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# The Right Hook
RTÉ have Champions Cup rugby back but can it ever be the same as it was?
As Champions Cup rugby returns to the channel after a seven-year absence former pundit George Hook relives an era when it was one of the biggest shows in town.
All time
# The42 Reads
'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'
Tom McGurk, Brent Pope, and George Hook are synonymous with a time when Irish rugby took a leap forward.
# No ordinary Joe
The day George Hook claimed Joe Schmidt had lost the dressing room
Ten years on since their first Pro12 trip to Treviso, Garry Doyle revisits the harrowing defeat that left questions hanging over Leinster’s newly appointed Kiwi coach.
# sling your hook
After 16 years and numerous controversies, George Hook is leaving Newstalk
Station bosses have wished Hook well on his retirement.
# Eric Zhi Ying Mei Xue
George Hook faces backlash over comments about Bray boy facing deportation
Minister Simon Harris was critical of Hook’s comments.
# press council
Complaint from Communicorp over Irish Times article on George Hook controversy won't go further
It was judged that the Irish Times publication of a right to reply from Newstalk was “sufficient remedial action”.
# Watchdog
Newstalk 'failed to act in a timely fashion' after George Hook rape comments
The BAI has upheld a complaint filed over comments made by George Hook on-air on Newstalk.
# booyakasha
Who Said It: George Hook Or Ali G?
Take the quiz and see.
# He's back
George Hook to return to Newstalk with an early Saturday morning show
Hook’s Saturday Sit-In will run from 8am till 10am every Saturday.
# Off the hook
George Hook's return to Newstalk airwaves delayed until January
Hook has been suspended from Newstalk for three months now.
# Off the hook
Complaint against George Hook rejected after he called texter a 's**t'
Hook also jokingly said he would box the texter in the face.
# sparking change
Dil Wickremasinghe addresses Newstalk departure and George Hook controversy in new podcast
She said that she wanted to “address the elephant in the room” at the beginning of the new podcast.
# pen pals
BAI to write to Communicorp for a second time over station-ban on Irish Times journalists
The Denis O’Brien-owned Communicorp has had the ban in place since 5 October.
# for good
Ciara Kelly to take over George Hook's radio slot on Newstalk
The former GP had temporarily taken over the lunchtime slot following Hook’s suspension.
'Are public broadcasting licenses being adhered to in Communicorp stations?'
Media outlets hold great power. The public interest requires that the use of such power be carefully regulated, writes Brendan Howlin.
# off air
Newstalk bans Irish Times journalists from its airwaves after George Hook furore
The exclusion covers all Communicorp stations, not just Newstalk.
# high noon
George Hook moves from lunchtime slot to weekend Newstalk show
The new show will begin in December.
# Defence
'One of the most gender blind people I've ever worked with': Ciara Kelly strongly defends George Hook
Hook was suspended on Friday following widespread condemnation of his comments about rape.
# sustained pressure
Explainer: Why has Newstalk decided to suspend George Hook?
The veteran host has made controversial comments before – so why was this time different?
# victim blaming
From Vanessa Hudgens to George Hook - ten years of victim blaming
Let’s do better by victims of sexual crimes.
# Newstalk
George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk
It follows widespread condemnation of his comments about rape on his lunchtime show on Friday.
# global village
Dil Wickremasinghe will not present Newstalk show on Saturday over George Hook comments
Wickremasinghe said that her immediate reaction upon hearing Hook’s comments were that he “has gone too far”.
# Crunch time
Newstalk staff letter demands Hook be taken off air immediately
“Misogyny should never be normalised,” according to a draft letter signed by around 20 staff.
# Hard Shoulder
'I have a plan now': Singer Mary Coughlan walks out of live Newstalk show over Hook rape comments
She expressed reservations about appearing on the station in a Facebook post yesterday.
# Comments
Hook apologises for rape comments: 'It was wrong to suggest any blame could be attributed to victims'
Last week Hook asked “is there no blame now to the person who puts themselves in danger?”.
# Controversy
'A victim is never to blame': Chris Donoghue addresses Hook rape comments on Newstalk show
It’s reported a disciplinary investigation is to begin at Newstalk tomorrow.
# totally wrong
'I am truly sorry': Hook issues 'unreserved' apology after uproar over rape comments
The presenter’s remarks about the “personal responsibility” of rape victims were met with sustained criticism.
# Off the hook
Rubber Bandits tweeted that George Hook was a 'gowl'... and he thought they spelled 'ghoul' wrong
Oh dear God.
# HPV vaccine
Claim George Hook spoke about HPV vaccine in 'ill-informed and irresponsible' manner rejected
The BAI said that Hook’s approach to discussing the vaccine had satisfied its Code of Fairness, but “only in a barely minimal fashion”.
# pray for pamela
Every single mortifying tweet George Hook has ever sent about Pamela Anderson
The unlikely crush that just won’t die.
# End of an era
'If I didn't get to cover rugby on television again, it would be devastating for me'
As TV3 prepare to takeover the rights of the Six Nations at the end of this year’s tournament, Brent Pope speaks to The42 about his time on the RTÉ rugby panel.
# the new hook
Chris Donoghue is moving to George Hook's slot on Newstalk
Hook is moving to an earlier slot – and there’s an entire new breakfast lineup.
# Pastures new
George Hook is leaving the Independent for a 3-year-old sports website
The announcement was made by the Cork-based startup, which launched in 2013.
# The Right Hook
BAI rejects complaint that George Hook fuelled anti-Islamic hate speech
A woman complained about a show in which he discussed Muslim students and also the New Years sex attacks in Germany.
# first stab
George Hook has a publisher for his erotic novel about a radio boss and a billionaire
The veteran broadcaster unleashed his idea for the page-turner last summer. He won’t let go of it, it seems.
# mystery adviser
Whatever happened to George Hook's Dáil bid?
Remember his mooted Dun Laoghaire run under the ‘Michael Collins Fine Gael’ banner?
# Reaction
BOD, Hook and D'Arcy deliver their verdict on Andy Farrell's new Ireland role
The rugby league legend’s role will start at this summer’s tour to South Africa.
# Hate Mail
"Stay in bed you freak": This is the kind of hate mail George Hook receives
Hook says that the mail “gets to him”.
# fair and balanced
George Hook - and other hosts - will have to be careful about tweets during the election campaign
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has released guidelines for broadcasters during next year’s election.
# Election 2016
George Hook is considering a Dáil bid as the 'Michael Collins Fine Gael' candidate
The Newstalk broadcaster and rugby analyst could run in Dún Laoghaire.