“Truly delighted, honoured and humbled…”
Claire Byrne has been announced as the new host of RTÉ’s Today Show.
The broadcaster was revealed as the new presenter of the daytime radio slot this afternoon, taking over from Sarah McInerney who has been at the helm of the show since Seán O’Rourke’s departure back in May.
RTÉ confirmed the news on Twitter today, stating that Byrne will take over the two hour slot from next Monday, August 24.
McInerney’s new project is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
?? Claire Byrne will be the new presenter for #TodayRTE. Starting next Monday, Claire will present the two-hour programme weekdays from 10am-12pm! @SarahAMcInerney will remain with RTÉ and details of Sarah's next project will be announced in the coming weeks! ? @TodayRadioRTE pic.twitter.com/wLqFJxlm0z
— RTÉ Radio 1 (@RTERadio1) August 19, 2020
Byrne began her broadcasting career with East Coast Radio in the 1990s, before moving to work with BBC Radio in the Channel Islands. She moved back and forth from the UK before eventually settling at TV3 as a presenter on Ireland AM.
She remained with the station for a number of years before joining Newstalk in 2006 and eventually making the move to RTÉ in 2010.
During her time there she has presented a number of programmes including The Daily Show, Prime Time, and The Claire Byrne Show.
“I am truly delighted, honoured and humbled to be taking on this new role at RTÉ Radio 1,” said Byrne.
“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.”
Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1, added: “Claire has vast experience across all RTÉ platforms but began her career with radio presenting The Late Debate and subsequently, Saturday with Claire Byrne.
“She brings that experience, a natural curiosity, focus and real integrity to the Today programme.”
As well as presenting the two hour daytime slot on RTÉ Radio 1, Byrne will also return to The Claire Byrne Show from next month.