RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy has lost the producer he called his "rock" from his radio show.
Radio veteran Paul Russell was brought in to turn the fortunes of Ryan's embattled show around. He departed this week to become producer-in-charge across 2fm for new boss Dan Healy.
Ryan said that the producer taught him how to "listen" while on air. "Paul has been a rock since he came along. He is so solid and a wonderful producer," Ryan said in a tribute to Mr Russell last year.
"I'm learning stuff, I'm learning to listen, which is something that I never really did."
One of his existing programme team, Grace O'Connor, has now taken over as producer of 'The Tubridy Show'.
The show has been haemorrhaging listeners since Tubridy inherited it from Gerry Ryan.
A calm, reassuring presence, Mr Russell is said to have encouraged Tubridy to open up more to listeners.
"Paul couldn't do miracles but Ryan isn't losing listeners any more," said an RTE source.
Mr Russell now has an even bigger job on his hands turning around the fortunes of 2fm, which has continued to lose audience share. An RTE spokeswoman last night confirmed Mr Russell's move.