'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
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.
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.”
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.
I'm hoping this will also lead to a change in the breakfast show also, and perhaps Ciara Kelly or Sarah McInerney to be on that...— Carol Smaul (@GinandGriddle) August 17, 2017
Ivan Yates grabs @NewstalkDrive from excellent Chris and Sarah. Are ANY women allowed on DOB's Newstalk/Today FM during PT? Male and Stale.— Oliver Callan (@olivercallan) August 17, 2017
Anyone who cares about female representation on radio will #MoveTheDial right back over to Mary Wilson.— Cllr. Peter Kavanagh (@TheKavOfficial) August 17, 2017
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.
Glad to hear Ivan Yates will be back on @NewstalkFM . Always incisive.— johnconroy (@johnconroy) August 17, 2017
I enjoy Ivan on the radio but losing Chris and Sarah is a big loss— Odhrán Allen (@odhranallen) August 17, 2017
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Great news! Get him & Chris back together again...— Sally Martin (@Drimbos) August 17, 2017