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20-06-2006, 16:48   #1
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Dunphy leaving Newstalk

O'Herlihy communications just issued statement. Dunphy is leaving Newstalk because of his "football commitments on RTE".

Bit of a blow to Newstalk before they go national, interesting to see who they get to replace him. Maybe McWilliams or the rumoured snagging of Marian Finuncane will get the early morning shift?
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20-06-2006, 17:19   #2
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Maybe McWilliams or the rumoured snagging of Marian Finuncane will get the early morning shift?
I wouldn't say McWilliams would go back to Newstalk after what happened - he wasn't exactly treated royally.

Personally I think Richard Aldous has been doing a fantastic job - I found myself tuning in to the show far more regularly since Dunphy has been on holidays / on the piss abusing the Taoiseach.

I'm sue he isn't high profile enough to be Dunphy's replacement though, they'll need a big name when going national. And I'd say his being English might also be a factor - you'd be surprised how badly a presenter with an english accent would go down in various parts of the country.

Anyway, good riddens to Dunphy!!
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20-06-2006, 17:37   #3
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Jasus he does'nt stick to anything long. Bill says 'my friend Eamo has had enough early mornings and wants to get out on the raz more'!

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20-06-2006, 18:09   #4
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Does anyone have a link to this? Can't see it on the OHC page...

Yeah, would be bad news for Newstalk in the verge of going national; McWilliams won't happen, he's probably on a decent contract at RTÉ, and is making plenty from his Indo and SBP work too; Finucane is a possibility I guess...

I can't understand the reason though; surely his football commitments would be at their peak right now... I mean he does his weekly Premiership show, internationals... that's it...

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20-06-2006, 18:32   #5
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Here's the release:

Eamon Dunphy to leave Newstalk

Broadcaster and Journalist Eamon Dunphy announced today that he is leaving Newstalk 106. He has decided not to exercise the option of another year on his contact with the station where he has presented The Breakfast Show for the past two years.

In a statement issued today he said:

"Because of my increased commitment to RTE Television Sports Soccer coverage I have decided not to exercise the option of another year on my contract with Newstalk 106."

"Over the past two years I have enjoyed the challenge of helping to create the credible morning programme that Newstalk now has. I was fortunate to have worked with an outstanding team and I wish them and the station every success in the future."

For further information contact:

Jill O'Herlihy OHC
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20-06-2006, 18:48   #6
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So is this effective immediately or are there still a few months left on his contract?
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20-06-2006, 18:59   #7
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on the piss abusing the Taoiseach.
huh?
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20-06-2006, 19:04   #8
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on the piss abusing the Taoiseach.
huh?
Just after Dunphy went on holidays a couple of weeks ago one of the tabloids ran a story about how he turned up pissed at an event where Bertie was delivering a speech and started shouting at him.

Actually I think he was shouting 'Bertie I love you' at him so maybe 'abusing' isn't the right word - although becuase of his racous voice anything he says sounds abusive.
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huh?

Didn't you see the herald s amazing expose, "Dunphy goes out and has a drink!!!"
At some restaurant relaunch dunphy was a little tipsy and the herald dedicated half of the paper to this...

anyways re: him leaving newstalk....he tried to get more money from them because they're going national....it's very possible however that he just didn't want to do the morning shift anymore
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So is this effective immediately or are there still a few months left on his contract?
2 year contract was to expire in September, iirc.
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football commitments....yeah right, seemingly he was looking for something like 750k a year to go QUASI- national, NT management told him good luck.

750k a year?, pat kenny probably doesnt get that and at least RTE manage to get 2 shows out of him
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Yes, yes, yes no more waking up to that grumpy bollix in the morning.
Hookie mentioned he wouldn't mind the early mornings.
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20-06-2006, 22:06   #13
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Yes, yes, yes no more waking up to that grumpy bollix in the morning.
Hookie mentioned he wouldn't mind the early mornings.
I think they'll keep him in his slot; he's done well against The Last Word in Dublin and is likely to gain national inroads later this year...

Interested to see who they'll replace him with... I'd expect it to be someone from outside, a big enough name... they might even bag Matt Cooper
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Money seems to have been one of the issues anyway (link):
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However, one NewsTalk insider claimed Mr Dunphy's demands scuppered the review.

"He wanted more money, better terms and we weren't prepared to budge on that."

The insider added: "He was already comfortably the best-paid presenter at the station."
Would like to see Hooke get it, but only because I could then listen to him and Cooper.
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21-06-2006, 12:38   #15
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Shame, I'd have said. I thought Dunphy was good for Newstalk and woud've thought that they needed his profile in launching nationally.

Still, if they can't afford to pay, they shouldn't.

Idle speculation about pay is one thing, but I'd say there could've been some other factors - for example conflicts with RTE (perhaps Newstalk sought an exclusive?). I also thought Dunphy's outspoken-ness at the recent text charge hike betrayed something of a rift between him and management - or perhaps this caused it? After all, while I am with Dunphy on this one, the proper place to rant about the charges was in the boardroom, not in the studio.

I do think they will struggle to replace Dunphy, unless they have managed to bag one of RTE's offcasts - Myles Dungan, anyone? While I too am enjoying Richard Aldous, I don't think he has the required profile for a national breakfast show.

Other people I am thinking of could be Henry Kelly (who has recently taken more of an interest in Irish affairs and has done work with RTE in the last few months), Derek Davis (who in spite of his charming ole bastard profile is actually a very good interviewer), Finucane (though she is definitely more lifestyle programming) or indeed, Cooper.
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