Confirmed: Bryan Dobson to move from RTE Six One news to Morning Ireland on Radio 1
RTE host Bryan Dobson will move from RTE Six One news to take up a new role with Morning Ireland of radio, it has been revealed.
The announcement was made to staff at the national broadcaster this afternoon.
It was confirmed that the 56-year-old news anchor will be making the internal move within RTÉ to replace the recently retired Cathal MacCoille on Morning Ireland.
The move was first revealed in the Sunday Independent in July but only confirmed to RTE staff this morning.
He will continue to present Six One for the next two months before moving to radio on October 30.
In a statement, released this afternoon, RTE said Mr Dobson will join co-presenters Rachael English, Dr Gavin Jennings and Audrey Carville as a main anchor of the RTÉ Radio 1 programme.
In addition to presenting Morning Ireland, the TV personality will continue to be a key presenter for RTÉ's television coverage of special state events including the forthcoming Budget 2018.
Speaking about the move for the first time, Bryan Dobson said: "I will greatly miss Six One News but there comes a time to move on and grasp new opportunities. Morning Ireland is the country's most-listened-to radio programme with an audience that is highly engaged in the debates, arguments and discussions that make up the national conversation. I am hugely looking forward to joining the Morning Ireland team and playing my part in serving our listeners and in continuing to meet, and exceed, their expectations.
"Over many years presenting Six One News it has been a privilege to work alongside so many talented and committed colleagues to deliver accurate, relevant and engaging news to our large audience. I thank our viewers for their loyalty and my colleagues for their professionalism and cheerfulness."
Dobson (56) joined RTE in 1987 as a reporter and 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 13,000 listeners in the most recent JNLRs.