Monday 24 June 2019

Newstalk shake-up: Ivan Yates takes over Drivertime show, future roles of Chris and Sarah unclear

Ivan Yates . Photo: Mark Condren
Ivan Yates . Photo: Mark Condren Newsdesk Newsdesk

IVAN Yates is to return to a fulltime role at Newstalk - taking over the Drivetime show in the evenings.

It is not clear what the announcement means for the current hosts, Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney.

Chris Donoghue
Chris Donoghue

Mr Yates, who previously presented the morning show on the station with Mr Donohoe before leaving last year, will take over from 4 September.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Patricia Monahan, Managing Editor of Newstalk said: “Ivan Yates is one of Ireland’s foremost commentators and has a long history with the station. His brand of straight talking, opinion led commentary will provide an engaging forum for listeners. This is an exciting time for the business as we continue to develop a brand of opinion led content.”

Ms Monahan added: "We are currently in discussions with both Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney about alternative roles within the Communicorp Group.”

It is understood that Chris Donoghue is being considered for a political editor role at the group.

Sarah McInerney Photo: Tony Gavin
Sarah McInerney Photo: Tony Gavin

Mr Yates currently presents 'Yates on Sunday' on Sunday mornings on the station.

He returned to station earlier this year having departed Newstalk last July after seven years, leaving behind his presenting stint on the Breakfast show on weekday mornings.

He also stepped down from his other media commitments as presenter on TV3 and columnist with the Irish Independent.

During his time off, the broadcaster and former Fine Gael TD travelled across the US and Canada with his wife Deirdre.

Their "trip of a lifetime" took the pair across 30 states in a little over 100 days.

A second leg of the trip was planned for early 2017 but speaking to the Sunday Independent last December, Mr Yates said that he was all "touristed out".

"The original plan was to repeat this over Europe but we are just going to take a little pause until we decide. We will certainly do some more travel next month and February, perhaps shorter trips, but we are going to think about it over Christmas," he said.

"I am ready to come home. I am all 'touristed' out."

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