New roles confirmed for Newstalk drive hosts

Chris Donoghue has been made Group Political Editor while Sarah McInerney will host her own weekly show on Newstalk.

The presenters are making way for Ivan Yates to replace them on Drivetime at the national speech station from September 4th.

Chris will oversee political outputs for all stations in the Communicorp Group, including Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM, Spin 1038 and Spin South West.

Sinead Spain, Communicorp’s Group Head of News, said: “We are delighted to announce Chris as our Group Political Editor, which reaffirms our commitment to top quality news and current affairs across all stations.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience to the role and we are confident he is the right candidate to lead the political agenda for our stations and the Network News portfolio.”

Chris will also present a two-hour current affairs show on Newstalk from 11am each Sunday.

Sarah will take to the airwaves from 8-9am each Saturday with a newly created programme focused on current affairs and politics.

She will also provide cover across the weekday primetime schedule, including for Newstalk Breakfast.

Managing Editor of Newstalk 106-108fm, Patricia Monahan, commented: “We are delighted to add these two new shows from Chris and Sarah to the Newstalk schedule.

“Chris is a long time member of the Newstalk family and will set the agenda for the week ahead with his incisive analysis, while Sarah’s extensive knowledge of current affairs and the political landscape will be brought to the fore on her new weekly show.”

The station announced earlier this month that Chris and Sarah are being replaced but didn’t confirm their new jobs.

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