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30th May 2024

RTÉ announce Bryan Dobson’s News At One replacement

Simon Kelly

Bryan Dobson replacement RTE

“It feels like coming home.”

RTÉ have announced that Rachael English will take over from Bryan Dobson as presenter of News At One following his retirement.

The legendary Irish broadcaster announced his retirement after 37 years in January, and will be replaced by the Morning Ireland presenter.

Speaking about the move for the first time, Ms English said: “One of my first jobs in RTÉ was as a reporter on the News at One. It was also where I first worked as a stand-in presenter.

“I’ve always hoped that one day I’d get to return, so I’m delighted to be doing so now. It feels like coming home. It’s been a privilege to present Morning Ireland, and I’d like to thank the colleagues who have made getting up at 4am bearable.

“I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic team on the News at One.”

RTÉ announce Bryan Dobson’s News At One replacement

Joining RTÉ in 1991 as a news reader on 2fm, Ms English went on to work as a reporter for Morning Ireland, the News at One, Today With Pat Kenny and RTÉ News on TV.

She has also presented shows like Five Seven Live on RTÉ Radio 1, The Late Debate and Saturday View.

Ms English is also known for presenting Radio 1’s RTÉ Radio 1’s General Election results programmes since 2002, and working on stories like the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the Olympics Games and the 9/11 attacks.

Dobson announced earlier this year that he was stepping back from his role after almost four decades at the broadcaster.

His statement read: “After 37 fantastic years with RTÉ the time has come to move on. I will miss working with some wonderfully talented and hardworking colleagues.

“RTÉ journalism depends on teamwork and I have worked with some of the very best.”

Dobson’s statement concluded, reading: “I am grateful too to the listeners and viewers who have give me their time and attention over the years. I hope to have repaid that trust with reporting that was relevant, fair and accurate.”

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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