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Jenny Kelly, Ray Darcy, Mairead Farrell and Will Hanafin

Jenny Kelly, Ray Darcy, Mairead Farrell and Will Hanafin

Jenny Kelly, Ray Darcy, Mairead Farrell and Will Hanafin

Ray D'Arcy may have packed his bags and left Today FM for RTE but it's yet unclear if his team will be going with him.

Industry insiders have revealed to the Herald that Ray's producer, Will Hanafin has been approached by RTE about joining D'Arcy's new afternoon show.

The team behind the Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM had undergone major change even before the 50-year-old's shock departure from the commercial station.

His wife and producer of 14-years Jenny Kelly left the show in May in order to spend more time with their two children and co-presenter Mairead Farrell became a producer on Ian Dempsey's breakfast show in August.

RTE refused to comment when asked about an approach to Will, D'Arcy's long-time producer.

"Will Hanafin is not an RTE employee. Currently, we are unable to comment on Will Hanifin or discuss details of the production team who will work on Ray's programme," a spokesperson said. "However, the team will be announced in early 2015."

Today FM also refused to comment on Will potentially leaving the Dublin station.

"We're not aware of that. Will took Monday off but will return to the station today and is an employee of Today FM."

When asked if he was leaving Today FM, Will said he did not wish to comment on any speculation.

"I can't comment at that at the moment. I'm an employee of Today FM, that's the way it stands.

"It's not in anyone's interest for me to get speculating on stuff," he told the Herald.

Like D'Arcy, Will also started his career in RTE, as a researcher on the Late Late Show.

Today FM will shortly begin the process of devising a new morning radio show with a new presenter.

COMPETITION

Herald columnist Anton Savage, who presents weekly show Savage Sundays and regularly filled in for D'Arcy, is one of the names tipped to take over the coveted slot - as is Newstalk's Sean Moncrieff.

Ray was Ryan Tubridy's chief competition on the airwaves and yesterday Tubs described his return to RTE as a "shrewd move".

"It's good news for Ray D'Arcy and a shrewd and wise more for RTE. That's my uneducated and uninformed guess," he said.

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