Thursday 23 March 2017

News anchor Doyle still to make up mind on retirement

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

RTE news anchor Anne Doyle said yesterday she has still not made up her mind about plans to call time on her broadcasting career.

Reports suggested the 59-year-old had made enquiries about her eligibility to take part in RTE's current redundancy scheme, ending the 33-year career of one of the station's best-known faces.

But in an interview with the Irish Independent last night, Ms Doyle said she had still to make up her mind about any redundancy package.

Asked if she had decided to take the deal on offer at the state broadcaster, she said at her south city home: "Not at all. Not at all. When I have decided I am going, I will let you know."

However, asked if she was considering the redundancy package, which RTE staff have until September 16 to apply for, she added: "I'm giving it some thought in the sense that that I will be 60 next year, and I would hope to go in the next year or so anyway so we'll see."

Just hours after returning from holiday, the newsroom veteran looks relaxed and shrugged off both the internal RTE leak which had prompted the report, and the front page headlines made by the story.

"None of it bothers me really. People like to speculate about things," Ms Doyle said.

An RTE spokeswoman told the Irish Independent last night that the station will have final say over the Early Retirement & Redundancy severance package currently being offered to staff.

"Whether or not an application is accepted is up to senior management," said the spokeswoman.

But the broadcaster declined to comment on Ms Doyle's future with them, saying: "RTE never comments on issues relating to individual members of staff."

RTE itself has said that that the redundancy package is estimated to cost €10m, but that it will repay this cost within two years and go on to save €5m a year.

Irish Independent

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