Sunday 17 December 2017

Dobbo's up early for radio slot – but it's just for holiday cover

Bryan Dobson. Photo: Mark Condren
Bryan Dobson. Photo: Mark Condren

RTE's evening news anchor Bryan Dobson surprised radio listeners when he turned up on Morning Ireland today.

Some wondered if the Six-One television anchorman was on a new career path when they heard him hosting Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.

However, RTE have confirmed that Bryan's switch to radio this week has nothing to do with any shake-up after Pat Kenny's shock departure from RTE.

They explained that Bryan is just one of many filling in shifts during the holiday period.

An RTE spokeswoman told the Herald today: "Bryan will be filling in on Morning Ireland for four days this week."

She explained that Bryan is "freer" to help out around this time each year when the Six-One news programme on RTE 1 switches from a one-hour to a half-hour broadcast. And she confirmed that there was no question of Bryan being involved in any re-shuffle at the station following the departure of Pat Kenny.

Sean O'Rourke has been drafted in as the new presenter in Pat Kenny's slot.

RTE never looked outside Montrose when seeking a replacement for Pat Kenny, it said today.

It only considered internal candidates, with head of Radio One Jim Jennings saying they "had a number of people who were in the frame for this job".

Mr Jennings threw down the gauntlet to Newstalk after announcing veteran Sean O'Rourke will go head-to-head with Kenny from September.

"I think they [Newstalk] have a challenge ahead. We're going to fight them every step of the way," he said.


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