Monday November 30, 2020

RTE ready for 'war' with Newstalk

With Pat Kenny settling into the hot seat for Newstalk tomorrow, competition in the morning radio market has started in earnest, writes Catherine O'Mahony.

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Willie O'Reilly of RTE: 'I think Seán O'Rourke is probably a dark horse. He has to grow and develop as a personality, but I think he knows that.' Photo: Feargal Ward

"I think what's happening in morning radio now is war by other means." Willie O'Reilly, the former Today FM boss who is now the group commercial director of RTE, is not joking.

RTE Radio, which launched its autumn line-up last week in the glaring absence of one of its best-known presenters, Pat Kenny, is going head-to-head with commercial talk radio rival Newstalk like it's never done before.

So determined is Newstalk to capitalise on its...

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