Friday 28 April 2017

Former RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird set to fly into Vincent Browne’s shoes on TV3

Former RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird will fly into Vincent Browne’s shoes on his popular late night political programme on TV3.
Former RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird will fly into Vincent Browne’s shoes on his popular late night political programme on TV3.
Charlie Bird. Photo: Doug.ie
Vincent Browne. Photo:Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Former RTE broadcaster Charlie Bird will fly into Vincent Browne’s shoes on his popular late night political programme on TV3.

This is the first time that RTE’s former Washington anchor has worked for TV3, sparking speculation that he could be in line for more work with the Ballymount station.

TV3 is expanding its current affairs remit over the coming months and is currently on a recruitment drive for a new hard news series – which is right up his street.

Now Bird will take centre stage on one of its flagship programmes, starting on Monday night and presenting the show for the whole week.

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

He’s the latest in a line of high-profile political hacks who have filled in for Browne, who’s currently on a break from the show but is expected back in the Autumn.

One of RTE’s best-known journalists, he officially retired from RTE back in 2012 after 38 years with the State broadcaster.

However, he has continued to dip in and out of various projects since then, including writing a new book ‘A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories.”

It recounted the events and human interest stories surrounding May 23, 2015 when Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular votes.

He recently revealed how he wasn’t yet ready to settle down into his armchair, despite his lengthy career.

“Just because you’re 66 doesn’t mean you should be on the scraphead,” he said.

He recently tied the knot for a second time with his long-term love Claire Mould at a romantic ceremony in Fitzwilliam Place in Dublin.

Around 75 guests attended the wedding, including the wedding and retired RTE journalist Joe O’Brien was Charlie’s best man.

Charlie Bird with his beautiful bride Claire Mould on the banks of Dublin's Grand Canal
Charlie Bird with his beautiful bride Claire Mould on the banks of Dublin's Grand Canal

The father of two met Claire at a Bruce Springsteen concert and have been together ever since.

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