Derek Mooney to leave afternoon show on Radio 1

Derek Mooney is to take up a new role as Executive Producer across nature and wildlife programming, and quit his RTÉ Radio 1 show.

Mooney Goes Wild on Radio 1 will now air at weekends, and Derek will also produce a new nature strand on RTÉ Radio 1 which will air in autumn 2015. Working with colleagues in television, Mooney Goes Wild will provide nature features for television output and Derek will also be associated other nature programming on television in 2015. On the digital platform, Derek will also be exploring opportunities for new content and adaptation of formats like the hugely successful ‘Nest Watch’ campaign.

Originally from Dublin, Derek first appeared on RTÉ in 1985 on a television debate called Anything Goes. He is now established as one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters, presenting Mooney, the afternoon radio programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Tom McGuire said: “For almost a decade, Derek Mooney has combined his undoubted talent for nature broadcasting with a passion for light entertainment in his weekly show on RTÉ Radio 1. Derek’s move to programming on the natural world is the perfect evolution for one of our foremost nature broadcasters. Derek’s new focus across all RTÉ output areas is a very important development for nature broadcasting in RTÉ.”

Reacting to his new appointment Derek Mooney said: “There’s a wonderful world of nature out there.. it’s time to explore it and no better place to do it than on radio but we won’t stop there. We will use every bit of technology and social media available to bring the natural world to our audience, wherever and however they choose to listen or watch. I’m also thrilled to be working with our partners in the EBU, particularly on projects like Nest Watch and the Dawn Chorus. Birds don’t recognise boarders, nor should we, I can’t wait to get started.”

Mooney on RTÉ Radio 1 will air until January 9th 2015. RTÉ will announce a new programme in due course.

Derek Mooney will be taking up the post in February 2015

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