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14th Feb 2020

Brendan O’Connor to take over Marian Finucane’s mid-morning weekend show

Carl Kinsella

Brendan O'Connor

RTÉ has announced that Brendan O’Connor has been hired to take over the mid-morning weekend show.

Marian Finucane had presented the show as The Marian Finucane Show from 1999 until her death on 2 January, 2020.

The show will continue in its previous slot, from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

According to RTÉ, the show will be “a mix of feature interviews, reflection and discussion on the issues that are making the news, including politics, travel, entertainment and current affairs”.

O’Connor said: “After 15 years working in the Sunday Independent, I’m delighted to be joining the weekends on RTÉ Radio 1. The weekend is a time to pause, take a breath and review the week, and it’s also a time when people like a different, more reflective kind of radio, maybe even a bit of fun.

“Marian’s legacy will inspire us to continue to explore, challenge and debate the issues that truly matter to Irish people. I’m looking forward to developing an informative, sparky, original and unpredictable show. I want this to be robust and enjoyable radio, always questioning and always seeking insight.”

O’Connor has worked for RTÉ television, on The Saturday Night Show and Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge. RTÉ has confirmed that he will continue to work with the television department in addition to the new role.

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