Wednesday 20 November 2019

Bryan Dobson in line for move from RTÉ Six One News to Morning Ireland on Radio 1

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Bryan Dobson is expected to leave RTÉ Six One News after 21 years.

The 56-year-old news anchor is believed to be making an internal move within RTÉ to replace Cathal MacCoille on Morning Ireland.

MacCoille, who has who has been a regular on the flagship RTE Radio 1 current affairs show since 2001, will retire in the coming weeks.

Dobson (56) has presented the early evening TV news broadcast since 1996 but has also worked on Morning Ireland for brief stints in August for the past number of years.

Morning Ireland, which broadcasts on RTE Radio 1 every weekday morning from 7am-9am, is the most popular radio show in the country despite losing 7,000 listeners in the most recent JNLRs.

The State broadcaster has neither confirmed nor denied the move but it is believed to be part of a shake-up within the RTÉ newsroom.

Change has been expected since the arrival of new RTÉ MD of News Jon Williams late last year.

It is not yet known who will replace Dobson on Six One but it is believed a male presenter will fill the role.

The Sunday Independent yesterday revealed that Dobson is paid between €60,000 to €80,000 per year more than his female co-anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain.

While he is among RTE's top 10 earners, with an annual salary of €195,816 in 2014, it is understood that Ni Bheolain is paid considerably less.

Ni Bheolain told the Sunday Independent that the 2014 pay gap has narrowed but added "my pay is still considerably less than that of Bryan's."

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