Wednesday 17 January 2018

Post Budget chat for RTE's O'Rourke - but Minister not confirmed

Sean O'Rourke
Sean O'Rourke
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

RTE Radio will have a post budget reaction on Sean O'Rourke's new show but Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan has yet to be confirmed as a guest.

Broadcaster Sean O'Rourke will host the annual budget phone-in on his mid morning programme on Radio One the day after the Budget.

Pat Kenny, who has moved to Newstalk, had traditionally hosted the phone-in with the Minsiter for Finance always featuring.

However, it remains to be seen whether Mr Noonan will return to RTE for the post budget analysis now that Kenny has moved to Newstalk.

Meanwhile, RTE Radio announced details of its autumn schedule this morning.

"Radio 1 is bigger than any one presenter, it's truly a team effort," said Jim Jennings, Acting MD of the station.

"I don't expect a mass exodus to Newstalk."

Comedian Oliver Callan helped to warm up the crowd, and made an entrance by mimicking Joe Duffy as he greeted guests.

"Welcome to Pat Kenny's memorial," he said, cheekily making reference to Newstalk's marketing campaign slogan.

"Don't forget to move the dial."

Core programmes such as 'Liveline', Mary Wilson's 'Drivetime' and 'The Mooney Show' will make a return, while Miriam O'Callaghan will continue in John Murray's weekday slot for the time being.

Aine Lawlor and Richard Crowley will front 'News at One' and Claire Byrne joins the 'Morning Ireland' team.

New series include 'Shorts Shortts', hosted by Pat Shortt and John Kelly's 'Irish Noir'.

Kathryn Thomas explores the role of music during the genocide in Rwanda, in a one-off documentary style show and Mary Black will look at the life of Joni Mitchell in 'Celebrating Joni Mitchell at 70'.


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