‘Irreplaceable’ RTE icon Bryan Dobson praised before ending ‘wonderful career’ as star ‘will be sorely missed’

RTE legend Bryan Dobson has been hailed as “irreplaceable” by his friend Anne Doyle ahead of his retirement today.

The veteran journalist hangs up his Montrose microphone this afternoon after almost 40 years working at the state station.

Bryan Dobson celebrates his last day at RTECredit: Fran Veale – The Sun Dublin
Dobson has been on Irish television screens since 1987.Credit: RTÉ
Bryan Dobson has worked at RTE for almost four decadesCredit: RTÉ
The former Nine O’Clock News presenter will appear on the Late Late Show with Patrick Kielty.Credit: RTÉ

Dobbo, 64, will say goodbye for the final time this afternoon as he concludes his final edition of RTE Radio One’s News at One.

And the father-of-two will look back on his long career during an appearance on tonight’s Late Late Show with Patrick Kielty.

But speaking ahead of the big farewell, Anne, a close friend of Dobson’s for many years, told The Irish Sun how much he would be missed by the people of Ireland.

The former Nine O’Clock News presenter told us Bryan has been “an absolutely wonderful colleague and genuine friend”.

He added: “It’s not often you use the word irreplaceable, but Bryan is irreplaceable. We will all miss him deeply and he has had a wonderful career.”

Anne, who resigned from her role at RTE after 33 years of service in December 2011, previously told how she enjoyed catching up with her old friend on the airwaves years after she quit.

The 72-year-old admitted: “If I’m around I’ll listen to Bryan Dobson at lunchtime because I think News at One with Bryan is excellent and very informative.”

Dobson joined the national broadcaster in 1987 as a reporter on RTE Radio One’s This Week programme, where he cut his teeth as a young journalist.

In September 1996, he became co-presenter of Six One News and was subsequently the face of broadcast television for many years.

He reported on major national and international developments during his time on the bench, including a memorable interview with then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2006.

Bryan Dobson gives an exclusive interview on the Late Late Show

The former Fianna Fáil leader nearly collapsed while talking about taking money from friends when he was finance minister.

He also caused a stir when he called anti-austerity protesters who interrupted a live chat “idiots.”

The Dubliner left his role as co-host of Six One on 25 October 2017 after 21 years to move to morning radio on Morning Ireland and spend more time at home.

He then moved to News at One, and Dobson recently told how he felt the timing was far from his current role given that, as a member of RTE staff, he would have to retire once he turned 65 in 2025 anyway.

And announcing his retirement earlier this year, Dobbo said: “After 37 fantastic years with RTE, the time has come to move on.

“I will miss working with some wonderfully talented and hard-working colleagues.

“RTE journalism depends on teamwork and I have worked with some of the best. “I am also grateful to the listeners and viewers who have given me their time and attention over the years.”

Bryan ran Six One News for several years.Credit: RTÉ
Bryan left the show after 21 years in 2017.
The broadcaster moved to Morning Ireland to end his career