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03rd May 2024

Bryan Dobson says emotional goodbye in final RTE News appearance

Joseph Loftus

“Dobbo has left the building.”

Legendary Irish broadcaster, Bryan Dobson, has officially retired after 37 years at RTE.

During his final bulletin on RTE News, Dobson admitted he was ‘lucky’ while reflecting on his long career before saying ‘Dobbo has left the building’.

Dobson revealed his plans to retire from his role presenting RTE News at One on Radio 1 earlier this year.

Dobson had spent almost four decades presenting for RTE with many remembering him most for his stint presenting the Six One news.

The 64-year-old has covered everything from state funerals to elections during his long and illustrious career.

Before he signed off for the final time, he made sure to leave with a personal statement.

He said: “Before I sign off, as this is my final day on the News at One and my last day in RTÉ, I’d just like to take a moment to thank the team here for making my job such a joy over the last few years.

“Day after day, they come up with great story ideas, with fascinating guests and with forensic questions. They make me sound good and I’m very grateful for that.”

He added: “All of this, is with one purpose — to serve you, our audience. So, thank you for listening, for watching and for engaging. I know from texts, from emails, from letters that you are well-informed, you are discerning and you possess a highly-developed waffle detector.

“Thank you for your time, your attention and your feedback. It keeps us on our toes.

“It’s been a great 37 years but the time has come to say, if I can borrow a phrase, that Dobbo has left the building. So from me and all the team here on the News at One — thanks for listening and I hope you have a great weekend.”

As he did indeed leave the building, a clearly emotional Dobson walked through a tunnel of cheers and praise, as all of those he had worked with lined the hallways in applause.

Kevin Bakhurst, Director General, RTÉ said: “Bryan represents the best in public service journalism.

“For many years, he has brought a calm authority to the most important stories. Every day, he demonstrates a depth of knowledge and an absolute integrity in his work and has never been afraid to ask the toughest questions and hold the powerful to account.

“Personally, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.”

It was revealed that Dobson was seventh on the list of RTE’s highest earners receiving €217,332 in 2020 before returning to his 2019 salary of €209,282 the following year.

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