Here is the news: I'm leaving RTE for certain -- Anne
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic newsreader counts down days
ANNE Doyle has some devastating news to break to her loyal Nine O'Clock News fans.
The anchorwoman has finally ended weeks of speculation to confirm that she is definitely leaving RTE -- sooner rather than later.
She has revealed to the Herald that she will bow out in the coming months after applying for a redundancy package.
"I'm definitely retiring," she confirmed.
"There's no doubt I'm going. I just don't know the actual date yet," she said.
Many expressed surprise when Anne joined a large number of RTE staff seeking early retirement.
Anne has been with RTE for 33 years, and has been a constant presence on our TV screens for most of those years.
A larger- than-expected number of employees responded to a management scheme offering attractive severance packages to cut numbers on the station's payroll.
Most of those who have been accepted for early retirement will exit Montrose in the first quarter of 2012.
And it is believed the most popular television newsreader for a generation could be gone within a matter of weeks. She will say a final goodbye to viewers early in the New Year at the very latest.
Ironically, she is departing at a time when a momentous tribute is being paid to her as the public face of RTE. Asked if she might 'stick' with RTE because of the new stamp, she said: "No. The stamp has nothing to do with this. Although it is a wonderful honour."
The highly respected journalist, who will turn 60 in January, is renowned for her professionalism, quick wit and intelligence during an exemplary career at the station.
A native of Ferns, Co Wexford, she grew up on a farm, graduated from UCD and eventually joined the Department of Foreign Affairs. She joined the RTE newsroom in 1978. In 2000, she was elected to represent staff on the RTE Authority. At one stage, she had a much publicised relationship with Jim McDaid, former Minister for Tourism and Sport.
The original RTE redundancy package for 80 jobs was oversubscribed by three times that figure. The station then decided to expand it to allow the departures of as many as possible of the 237 staff who applied.
Public service staff must confirm they are leaving their jobs before the end of this month if they are to maintain generous pension provisions. Such benefits covering retirements are being diluted in a State money-saving measure.
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