It has been announced today that Brendan O’Connor will be joining RTÉ.
He will be the new presenter on RTE Radio 1 for their weekend mid-morning programme. From 11am-1pm Brendan will be chatting about current affairs politics, travel, entertainment as well as on-air interviews.
This means he will be stepping down from his role as Deputy Editor at the Sunday Independent and the Editor of Life Magazine, however he will still contribute columns.
Although RTE Radio is a first for Brendan he has worked with RTE television before, presenting The Saturday Night Show, Cutting Edge, The Apprentice, to name but a few.
Brendan had this to say on his new position;
“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.”
This slot was previously filled by the late Marian Finucane, RTE’s Tom McGuire reflected on her loss on the airwaves;
“The death of Marian Finucane has created a void in Radio 1 that cannot be filled. Radio 1 has taken time to reflect on the weekend schedule and I’m really pleased that Brendan O’Connor is joining us from The Sunday Independent to present the weekend mid-morning show.
Brendan is a talented broadcaster who will bring his own special skills to the role and I’m sure the large audience will welcome the new programme we will present at this time.”
Brendan also added;
“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.”
Brendan’s new weekend slot will begin in March of this year.