It's all change on RTE's Six One News team with Bryan Dobson airing his final bulletin last night before he moves to Morning Ireland, and now his co-presenter Sharon Ní Bheolain is moving on to pastures new as she will present Crimecall on RTÉ One, although she will still present the Nine O'Clock News on rotation with Eileen Dunne.
RTE News today announced that it will be Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry taking their places as of January 2018.
Broadcaster Keelin Shanley, who currently presents News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 and Crimecall on RTÉ One, will be joined by RTÉ's current Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry, as co-presenters on the flagship programme.
Announcing the new appointments, Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs Jon Williams said:
"For over a decade, Bryan and Sharon have set the standard for TV News in Ireland and I couldn't be more grateful and more excited as each embarks on new challenges for RTÉ News.
"I’m thrilled that Keelin and Caitriona will bring their intellect, competitive drive, and focus on storytelling to RTÉ's Six One News. In a news environment where we are bombarded by opinions and half-truths all day long, there’s no bigger challenge than to make sense of it all on Six One - and no better new presenting team to do so."
In case you want a little backstory on your new Six One presenters...
Broadcaster and journalist Keelin Shanley originally studied biochemistry in Trinity College. before switching to journalism and presenting a number of science and technology TV and Radio shows. Working as a reporter and presenter with RTÉ’s flagship current affairs television programme Prime Time over 10 years, she made a number of award-winning documentaries.
Keelin has previously presented special budget and election coverage, Morning Edition, The Consumer Show and documentary Hacked on RTÉ One, as well as Morning Ireland, Today with Sean O'Rourke and The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1. She has also worked as a news reporter for Radio France International and for CNN World Report.
Multi-award-winning journalist Caitríona Perry joined RTÉ in 2007 and was appointed Washington Correspondent in late 2013. During her current tenure as Washington Correspondent she has reported on major stories such as the Berkeley tragedy and the US Presidential election and Inauguration, and co-presented special RTE news US Election coverage from Washington DC.
She has also presented and produced several special Nationwide programmes including three from the US - on the Special Olympics World Games, the Irish in Canada and the Irish in the White House. Caitríona has also previously spent time as an editor and reporter on the RTÉ News at One radio programme and as a newscaster for RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM and RTÉ lyric fm, and occasional presenter of the RTÉ Business News on Morning Ireland.
Prior to joining RTÉ, Caitríona worked for Today FM and Newstalk. She also holds a degree in journalism and a masters degree in International Relations from DCU and has written a book on the rise of President Donald Trump.
In summary, fantastic choices for the roles, but while we're here, let's pour one out for Sharon and Dobbo, 'ey? The end of a Six One era.