Monday 19 November 2018

Dunne switches over to Newstalk

Jason O'Brien

NEWSTALK has moved to boost its poor morning listenership figures by parachuting in Tom Dunne from stablemate radio station Today FM.

The former 'Something Happens' singer is best known for his indie rock music show each night on Today FM, although he has successfully filled in for Ray D'Arcy in the past on the latter's chat-based morning show.

And from next month he will be in direct competition with both D'Arcy and 2fm's Gerry Ryan on a new three-hour morning talk show on Newstalk.

Both Newstalk and Today FM are part of the Communicorp group, headed by businessman Denis O'Brien.

Both radio stations will soon be located in the same building in Dublin 2, with Newstalk staff moving in next Monday and Today FM already there.

"Tom Dunne will be a magazine-style talk show, covering topical news items, lifestyle, sport and entertainment," a Newstalk spokeswoman confirmed yesterday. The show will go out between 9am and noon daily, and will replace both Brenda Power's 'Your Call' programme and 'Life With Orla Barry'.

"Along with the move to the new building, there are two production teams that will now have to be moved also, so everything is a bit uncertain," one source said.

Newstalk said Ms Barry would remain on its schedule although the "exact details have to be confirmed". Ms Power is to join the senior editorial team and will continue to broadcast.

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