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Crimecall returning to RTÉ this month with a new presenter

Sharon Ní Bheoláin has stepped down from the programme after five and a half years.

RTÉ’s Crimecall will return for its 20th season this month with a new presenter hosting the programme.

The broadcaster has announced that Sharon Ní Bheoláin is stepping down from the series and will be succeeded by Carla O’Brien.

A monthly hour-long show, Crimecall uses reconstructions, CCTV footage and live studio appeals in order to look for information from the public which may assist with Garda investigations.

RTÉ has said that calls to the programme have led to numerous convictions over the previous 19 seasons.

As for the first episode of the new season, the broadcaster said:

“On next week’s programme the family of Dublin man Martin Lynn speaks about his death and hopes the public can help Gardaí with their investigation.

“The show also covers the 37-year-old mystery of a body that washed up on the Leitrim coast in 1986. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who might recognise the detail on the body’s distinctive tattoos.

“Crimecall will also hear from a man rebuilding his life after escaping from forced labour in rural Ireland.”

Commenting on her new role, incoming presenter Carla O’Brien said it was “an honour and a privilege” to the given the opportunity to present such a long-running and popular programme.

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Carla O’Brien is the new host of Crimecall

“I look forward to working with An Garda Síochána, the production team and, most importantly, the viewers, who make the programme possible,” she added.

Meanwhile, Ní Bheoláin said in a statement: “Crimecall is a valued piece of public service broadcasting and it was nothing short of a privilege to host the show for five and a half years.

“Alas, it’s time for me to move on but not before expressing my sincere gratitude to the dedicated Crimecall team, the studio crew and An Garda Síochána, all of whom made my job look easy.

“In particular, I’d like to pay tribute to the many brave programme contributors; victims of crime, their families and loved ones of missing persons who spoke to me so movingly, often in the most grief-stricken circumstances.

“It’s my great pleasure to hand over the baton now to my super-talented friend and colleague Carla O’Brien. I know she will do a great job. I know our loyal viewers will continue to tune in in great numbers and help Gardaí where they can with their crime appeals.”

Crimecall will return on RTÉ One on Monday, 25 September at 9.35pm.

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