RTE this evening have announced the appointment of Fran McNulty to the post of Agriculture & Consumer affairs replacing George Lee after 5 years in the posting. Fran returns back to the newsroom after a stent of reporting at Prime Time.
Following a review of correspondent roles in RTE, several posting have been reconfigured with Agriculture & Consumer Affairs and Environment and Science roles. The latter role according to RTE will be filled shortly.
It been reported George Lee will remain working in the newsroom but his role remains unclear. I suspect George could be heading back to his old role of Economics Correspondent. This follows Sean Whelan departure from this role as he takes up the position of London Correspondent in August.
When does the summer cut backs in RTE News begin? The One O'Clock News is usually reduced to 15 minutes and the Six-One to a 30 minute bulletin. Does it happen at the end of this month?
I know RTE have totally abandoned the concept of morning news on RTE One now, and relegated it to the 10.00am and 11.00am updates on RTE News Now, but the summer cut backs always seem to be a bit draconian at RTE.
The bulletin time duration for the one and six-one bulletins is usually shortened after the August bank holiday. So for the month of August. A few years back I think it use to be a for a longer period, taking effect in mid July.