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19th Aug 2020

Claire Byrne named as new presenter of RTÉ’s ‘Today’ radio show

Alan Loughnane

Claire Byrne

The broadcaster also confirmed that details of Sarah McInerney’s new role will be revealed in the coming weeks.

RTÉ has announced that Claire Byrne will take over as the new presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Today” programme.

Byrne will take over the show, which is broadcast weekdays from 10am to 12pm, from Monday next week.

The show had been presented by Sean O’Rourke until his retirement earlier this year, with the more than capable Sarah McInerney serving as a temporary replacement prior to today’s announcement.

RTÉ said details of McInerney’s next role will be revealed in the coming weeks.

In a statement following the announcement, Byrne said: “I am truly delighted, honoured and humbled to be taking on this new role at RTÉ Radio 1.

“My job will be to represent the voices of the RTÉ Radio 1 listeners, and to always ask the questions they want answered at this most critical time.”

Claire Byrne Live will also continue and return to RTÉ next month.

“Claire has vast experience across all RTÉ platforms but began her career with radio presenting the Late Debate and subsequently, Saturday with Claire Byrne,” said head of Radio 1 Peter Woods.

“She brings that experience, a natural curiosity, focus and real integrity to the Today programme.”

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