Thursday 22 February 2018

Will Claire Byrne join Sharon Ní Bheoláin for all-female RTE Six One following Bryan Dobson's departure?

The bookies give her odds of 10/1 while Dustin the Turkey is at 500/1

RTE star Claire Byrne, on the set of Claire Byrne Live. Picture: Fergal Phillips
RTE star Claire Byrne, on the set of Claire Byrne Live. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Clare Byrne is 10/1 to replace Bryan Dobson on RTE's Six One news after favourite Ray Kennedy and fellow journalist Brian Finn.

As Bryan Dobson gears up to vacate his seat after 21 years in the role, speculation is mounting about who will replace him, and the bookies see Byrne as third most likely to nab the gig.

Paddy Power reveals that all the money so far as been for Ray Kennedy who has gone from 9/4 to 1/4 since betting opened.

Kennedy works in RTE News and Current Affairs across TV and radio and is a stand in for Six One already.

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Ray Kennedy presenting with Sharon Ni Bheolain

He returned to RTE following a stint at the now closed Sky News Ireland.  After Grainne Seoige's departure from Sky, Kennedy became one of two anchors, along with Brian Daly. 

It would be a predictable move from RTE to have Kennedy replace Dobson and keep the male/female dynamic with co-presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin.

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PAY PACKETS: Sharon Ni Bheolain has confirmed that fellow RTE newscaster Bryan Dobson is paid a much larger salary than she receives

Similarly, Brian Finn has 9/1 odds to land the role.  He's a business journalist and presenter with RTÉ News across radio, TV and online.

Should Clare Byrne, who is 10/1, be offered (and accept the job) RTE would be making a progressive move with two female co-anchors (presuming Ní Bheoláin stays put).

Byrne currently fronts her own current affairs show on RTE, however.

Who are the contenders to replace Bryan Dobson on RTE Six One News?

Paddy Power gives David McCullough odds of 12/1. He has been Political Correspondent with RTE News and Current Affairs since 2001 and joined Prime Time on RTE One four years ago.

Like Ray Kennedy, Aengus Mac Grianna is also a stand-in for Six One and has years of experience on the job.  His odds are 14/1. 

Aengus Mac Grianna

TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick is 18/1.  She recently took up her position at Senior Anchor at TV3 News having left Newstalk and her role co-presenting Pat Kenny Tonight.

Colette Fitzpatrick

Also in contention are Derek Mooney and Keelin Shanley at 25/1 while George Lee, Grainne Seoige and Jonathan Rachel Clynch are see as outsiders at 50/1each.

Familiar faces Anne Cassin and the now retired Anne Doyle share 66/1 with Mark Little and Miriam O'Callaghan, Pat Kenny, and Ryan Tubridy are at 150/1.

If Gay Byrne, Jon Snow (presumably the Channel 4 news anchor as opposed to the Game of Thrones character) or Vincent Browne land the gig you stand to make a lot of cash as they're all 300/1.

Similarly, Bertie Ahern, Bono, Dustin the Turkey, Conor McGregor and Joe Brolly are all 500/1.  Stranger things have happened...

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