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Monday 23 October 2017

RTE radio chief who axed stars moving on

TOUGH broadcasting chief Ana Leddy is stepping down from her position as the head of RTE Radio.

The woman who took the axe to some of the station's top names has decided to leave the hotseat to seek a more "creative" job in production at RTE.

In the four years as head of Radio One, she was well known for her willingness to upset established schedules. The 53-year-old executive dropped programmes such as Rattlebag and The Mystery Train.

She oversaw the dropping of Vincent Browne from his late night Radio One slot in 2007. She also dispensed with the services of John Kelly shortly after taking up her job.

Key staff at the station indicated today they were not surprised that she will not be seeking a contract renewal when it expires next year.

"There's a feeling that the job she was brought in to do has been done," said an insider.

The outgoing chief said: "I look at my schedule with a sense of pride. It's the result of bold and controversial programming decisions. I'm now looking for a new challenge."

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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