Saturday 3 December 2016

RTE star Paddy McKenna quits radio role after almost a decade with broadcaster

Published 14/09/2015 | 10:44

2fm Presenter presenters Ruth Scott and Paddy McKenna Pictures : Brian McEvoy
2fm Presenter presenters Ruth Scott and Paddy McKenna Pictures : Brian McEvoy
Paddy McKenna and Joanne O'Brien

RTE radio presenter Paddy McKenna has announced he is leaving his weekend role with the station, after almost a decade in Montrose.

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He has worked for RTE since graduating from DCU with a Masters in Journalism in 2006.

He was recently appointed editor of website Joe.ie, which led to him working full seven day weeks between both jobs.

McKenna said he was leaving his radio role in order to be able to spend more time with his young son, Michael.

“After 5 brilliant years co-hosting Weekenders with Ruth Scott, I’ve taken the decision to leave the show. This weekend will be my last.

“I do so with a heavy heart.

“Last December my wife and I welcomed out son, Michael into the world. He’s the best thing that has ever happened us.

“Last January I took on the position of Editor of JOE.ie, Monday-Friday. It’s been an exciting and demanding role and I’ve enjoyed doing both.”

He said that despite his ‘best shot’, he can’t continue to do both.

“You guys are awesome but Michael needs me more”, he said.

“It’s a great place to work and I’ll hopefully be chatting with you all again someday soon.”

2FM boss Dan Healy said: "The results of his work are clearly evident both on JOE.ie and with his partnership with Ruth at the weekend on 2fm.

"I understand completely Paddy's need to balance things particularly when you have a young family and so it is our loss that Paddy will finish broadcasting on 2fm.

"Paddy is a very talented man and I hope that we get the opportunity to work again with him on 2fm. On behalf of Jim and I, we thank him for all he has done for 2fm and wish him and his family all that is good."

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