Bird returns to spend a week in TV3's late-night hot seat
Former RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird will return to our screens next week as he takes over the reins on Vincent Browne's TV3 show.
This is the first time that RTE's former Washington correspondent has worked for TV3, sparking speculation that he could be in line for more work with the Ballymount station.
TV3 is expanding its current affairs remit over the coming months and is currently recruiting for a new hard news series.
Bird will take centre-stage on one of its flagship programmes. He will start on Monday night and will present the late-night political show for the week.
Bird is the latest in a line of high-profile political journalists who have filled in for Browne (inset), who's currently on a break from the show after a series of health problems.
He is expected to return next month.
One of RTE's best-known journalists, Bird retired from RTE in 2012 after 38 years with the state broadcaster.
He has worked on various projects since then, including writing the book A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories, about the 2015 marriage referendum.
Bird recently revealed that he wasn't ready to settle down yet career-wise, despite his years in the profession.
"Just because you're 66 doesn't mean you should be on the scrapheap," he said.
He recently tied the knot for a second time with his long-term partner Claire Mould at a humanist ceremony in Fitzwilliam Place.
Around 75 guests attended the wedding, including retired RTE journalist Joe O'Brien, who acted as Charlie's best man.
The father-of-two met glamorous Claire at a Bruce Springsteen concert and they have been together ever since.