Wednesday 16 October 2019

'Newstalk has now completed its diversity lineup for 1977' - listeners react to loss of Sarah McInerney and Chris Donoghue from Newstalk Drive

Mixed reaction to news Ivan Yates will replace co-presenters Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney

Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney
Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney
Sarah McInerney Photo: Tony Gavin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

News that co-presenters Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney will be replaced by Ivan Yates on Newstalk Drive has been met with mixed reaction.

A schedule shake-up last September saw Donoghue and McInerney take over the Drive slot while Yates returned to Newstalk with a Sunday show in April.

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Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney

Donoghue had previously co-hosted Newstalk Breakfast with Yates before Yates departed last year and a new line-up of Shane Coleman, Collette Fitzpatrick, Paul Williams and Alan Quinlan was announced.

Managing editor of Newstalk Patricia Monahan said, "We are currently in discussions with both Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney about alternative roles within the Communicorp Group.”

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Sarah McInerney and Colette Fitzpatrick at the announcement of Newstalk’s autumn schedule last year - both have since left their day slots with the station. Photo: Maxwells

Following Fitzpatrick's departure in March to return to TV3, McInerney was the only female voice on daytime Newstalk and her forthcoming departure is being met with criticism from some observers.

However, both McInerney and Donoghue will remain with Newstalk.

The position of Communicorp Group Political Correspondent remains open and both Donoghue, who has been key to Newstalk's political coverage for several years, and McInerney, as former Political Correspondent for The Sunday Times, could go head to head for the position.

Yates' Sunday slot also needs filling and with a fourth position on Breakfast effectively remaining open since Fitzpatrick's departure either McInerney or Donoghue could potentially join the line-up.  Donoghue would be a popular choice to re-join the Breakfast team.  However with the show gaining traction as it is this move is unlikely.

While the majority of those reacting on Twitter question the move to replace the current line-up, Yates' return to daytime Newstalk has been welcomed by others.



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