Today FM announces reshuffle as O’Connell and Duffy leave station

by Gary Ibbotson
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Today FM has announced that presenters Muireann O’Connell and Louise Duffy will leave the station following a shakeup in its scheduling.

The station released a statement this morning saying that Mairead Ronan take over Muireann O’Connell’s 12-2pm daytime slot in a show that will begin in September.

In a tweet, O’Connell said that she had been “fired” and “it’s embarrassing and I’m a bit sad but I love almost everyone in that station and wish them all the best in the future.

“[Ronan] will be great!”

Ronan said that she is happy is to be back on the station.

“It’s hard to put into words how thrilled I am going back to Today FM with my own show.

“This was always a dream of mine, ever since I was making coffee and posting prizes at the very start of my radio career.

“After two very busy years away it now feels like I’m going home. I can’t wait to get started.”

In addition to the daytime re-shuffle, broadcaster Ed Smith will take his Ed’s Songs of Praise show to a weekday slot, nightly at 7pm, replacing Louise Duffy’s Lost in Music programme

Today FM’s CEO Keith McCormack has confirmed that both O’Connell and Duffy are leaving the station.

“I would like to thank both Muireann and Louise for their contribution to the station and wish them well in their future endeavours,” McCormack said.

Duffy said in a statement that the “time had come” for her to move on.

“I have been so lucky to have had such incredible experiences with this station, but the time has come for me to move on. I bid a very fond farewell and a big thank you to my colleagues and listeners at Today FM and look forward to the next chapter,” Duffy said.

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