Ciara King is the latest broadcaster to take over Ryan Tubridy‘s former Radio One show as RTÉ continue to look for a permanent replacement.
Ryan officially parted ways with RTÉ in August, after a months-long hiatus in the wake of the RTÉ Payment Scandal.
Ciara will be taking over the newly-rebranded Nine O’Clock Show for the rest of the week, after making her debut this morning.
Introducing the show, she said: “Good morning, I’m Ciara King and I’m here on the Nine O’Clock Show for the rest of the week.”
Since Ryan’s departure presenters such as Oliver Callan, Brendan Courtney, as well as Maura Derrane have stepped in to host the show.
In August, RTÉ’s Director General Kevin Bakhurst said in a statement: “We went into negotiations with Ryan in good faith and in the hopes of reaching an agreement that would see Ryan return to his RTÉ Radio 1 show. I have decided not to continue with negotiations and, as such, there are no plans for Ryan to return to his presenting role with RTÉ at this time.”
“Despite having agreed some of the fundamentals, including fee, duration and hours, regretfully, it is my view that trust between the parties has broken down.”
“Public statements made without consultation appear to question the basis for the necessary restatement of fees paid for services for 2020 and 2021.”
Continuing: “As I set about a programme of recovery from this crisis, it is imperative that all parties are aligned in one key respect: the misstatement of fees should never have happened; and the correct re-statement of those fees is accepted by all.”
“I have been clear since I took up the role of Director-General of RTÉ that I am absolutely committed to restoring trust in this organisation following a shameful period in our history. To achieve this, and fully draw a line between our recent past and present, we must acknowledge and accept the issues that have arisen.”
“Who knows what the future holds, but for now I am concluding the negotiation with Ryan, and focusing on delivering a range of important changes to the operation and culture of this organisation as part of the essential work to restore trust in RTÉ.”