Orla is a broadcaster and journalist with nearly two decades of experience in the media. She is also an experienced documentary maker focussing mainly on international issues in the developing world. A print journalist with the Irish Examiner and Irish Independent newspapers, Orla is also a regular contributor on TV shows on RTE and TV3.
She made news headlines worldwide in 2012 as the only journalist to have questioned TV Entertainer Jimmy Savile about child abuse allegations. Orla is also a popular public speaker. She is editor of The Green Room Arts and Culture Show, a programme she devised and has presented shows on Newstalk since 2003.
An avid traveller, Orla is known to disappear off to any corner of the globe given the opportunity. She claims to speak a smattering of Spanish, French, German and Swahili. Her ballet training has done nothing for her dance moves.
A-List actors, directors and writers have appeared on The Green Room since its first broadcast in 2010. It’s Ireland’s only culture show to focus on both national and international art and entertainment events. George Clooney, Colin Firth, Harrison Ford and Salma Hayek are among the actors to have appeared on The Green Room. Directors include Mike Leigh, Neil Jordan and Kathryn Bigelow along with many award winning writers such as Howard Jacobson, Garrison Keillor, Colm Toibin and Hanif Kureishi.
Orla brings you behind the scenes of the world of entertainment and popular culture with lively, no-nonsense debates and interviews on the world of film, theatre, comedy literature and music. Visit her on Facebook www.facebook.com/orlabarrynewstalk or Twitter @orla_barry
Each week, musicians from Ireland and abroad perform a session on The Green Room. The performers play two acoustic songs in studio along with a short interview with Orla. Well known international artists on the show have included Kristen Hersh, Emmy-Lou Harris, Seun Kuti and Stevie Nicks along with Irish performers Lisa Hannigan, Neil Hannon and Mick Flannery.
The Hollywood Report
Veteran Hollywood broadcaster and film critic Alan Silverman joins Orla twice monthly from Los Angeles to bring the latest news from the movie industry.
The Cultural Round Up
Writers, directors, actors and comedians have appeared as guests on the cultural round-up. Orla asks each guest to choose the best of the week ahead in entertainment events around Ireland as well as chatting to them about their own production.
Every week a guaranteed A-list Actor/ Director will pop into The Green Room.