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Saturday 3 December 2016

John Murray show gone in RTE revamp as O'Connor steps in

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After five years on air, John Murray's popular RTE Radio 1 chat show has come to an end.

Murray took over the 9am slot in 2010 when Ryan Tubridy moved to 2fm.

Last night, head of Radio 1 Tom McGuire said RTE felt it was now time "to renew and redesign this prime hour of radio".

"Over the past decade the nine o'clock daily show has continued to develop and change," McGuire said.

"It is now opportune, this autumn, to renew and redesign this prime hour of radio".

A spokesperson for RTE admitted the decision to call time on the show "hadn't been an easy one to make" but stressed Murray will "remain an on-air presence" on Radio 1.

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"John Murray will return in the autumn and will continue to broadcast on RTE Radio 1 in a brand new role," the spokesperson said.

Murray's ratings had dipped slightly in recent months but he remained popular with listeners, pulling in figures of 287,000.

The radio presenter said it had been "a pleasure and a privilege" to host the show and thanked "the listeners for their support and for making it all worthwhile".

Murray will host his final show next Friday July 3. Broadcaster Brendan O'Connor will take over the slot for the month of July.

It is believed either O'Connor (pictured) or recent recruit Ray D'Arcy will replace Murray as host in the autumn.

RTE will announce details of Murray's new show in the coming weeks.

Murray joined RTE in 1992 before taking up a position as adviser to the then leader of the Progressive Democrats, Mary Harney, in 1995.

He returned to work in RTE in 2003 presenting Morning Ireland.

Murray also presented RTE's weekly business and finance show, The Business.

In 2013, Murray took a six month break from his radio show due to depression. He spoke openly about his struggle with the illness and the stigma he faced when he returned to work.

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