Thursday 22 March 2018

Revealed: New all female line-up for new RTÉ Six One News as Sharon Ní Bheolain lands new role on Crimecall

Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry
Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

RTÉ News has announced the new presenters of RTE Six One News.

From January, Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry will co-anchor the programme.

Broadcaster Keelin Shanley currently presents News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 and Crimecall on RTÉ One and will be joined by RTÉ's current Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry as co-presenter on the flagship programme from next year.

Current presenters Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheolain are both moving to new roles. 

Dobson will join Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 from next week while Ní Bheolain will present the Nine O'Clock News on rotation with Eileen Dunne, and remain as a presenter of Leaders Questions. She will also be the new presenter of Crimecall on RTÉ One.

Keelin Shanley previously joined Crimecall as presenter in September last year following Grainne Seoige's departure after five years.

Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs Jon Williams said, "For over a decade, Bryan and Sharon have set the standard for TV News in Ireland and I couldn't be more grateful and more excited as each embarks on new challenges for RTÉ News.

"I’m thrilled that Keelin and Caitriona will bring their intellect, competitive drive, and focus on storytelling to RTÉ's Six One News. In a news environment where we are bombarded by opinions and half-truths all day long, there’s no bigger challenge than to make sense of it all on Six One - and no better new presenting team to do so."

Keelin Shanley was a reporter on Prime Time for 10 years and made a number of award wining documentaries. She also presented special budget and election coverage, Morning Edition, The Consumer Show and documentary Hacked on RTÉ One, as well as Morning Ireland, Today with Sean O'Rourke and The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1.

Caitríona Perry joined RTÉ in 2007 and was appointed Washington Correspondent in late 2013 and in that role has reported on major events including the Berkeley tragedy and the US Presidential election and Inauguration. 

Perry also co-presented special RTE news US Election coverage from Washington DC and has presented and produced several special Nationwide programmes including three from the US - on the Special Olympics World Games, the Irish in Canada and and the Irish in the White House.

Caitríona also previously worked as an editor and reporter on the RTÉ News at One radio programme and as a newscaster for RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ lyric fm, and occasional presenter of the RTÉ Business News on Morning Ireland.

Prior to joining RTÉ, Caitríona worked for Today FM and Newstalk. She also holds a degree in journalism and  a masters degree in International Relations from DCU and has written a book on the rise of President Donald Trump.

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