Today With Claire Byrne
RTÉ Radio 1's Today with... will be presented by Claire Byrne. Currently the show is hosted by Sarah McInerney, who took over the role on a temporary basis when Sean O'Rourke retired from RTÉ earlier this year. The show is considered one of RTÉ Radio's flagship shows having previously been presented by Pat Kenny who left the station in 2013 for rival Newstalk. Sarah McInerney will continue in a different role at the broadcaster, which will be announced later this month.
Claire Byrne will start presenting the programming from next Monday, 24th August 2020. The show airs every weekday on RTÉ Radio 1 from 10am to Noon. Claire moves from her current role as presenter of News at One. She retains her TV show Claire Byrne Live which is due to return in September.
Speaking today, Claire 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. I won’t let them down. I can’t wait to get started with the legendary team who work on the show and to help craft with them, the informative, entertaining and important Today show we’ve all come to know, love and rely on in our daily listening lives.”
Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said: “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. I’ve no doubt, with an excellent team in place, Today with Claire Byrne will continue to set the headlines in these, unprecedented times. I’d also like to thank Sarah McInerney for her considerable input, on this station, since last May and am looking forward to continuing working with her.”
Jim Jennings, RTÉ Director of Content, said: “Claire Byrne has built a unique relationship with audiences in Ireland. From News at One to Saturday with Claire Byrne, from Claire Byrne Live to her role as chair of several election and referendum debates, Claire is exceptionally skilled as a broadcaster and hugely informed as a journalist. Listeners to RTÉ Radio 1’s Today programme will be in the best hands.”