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The John Murray Show is coming to a close

Murray will return in the autumn and will continue to broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in a brand new role
Murray will return in the autumn and will continue to broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in a brand new role

After five years on RTÉ Radio1, The John Murray Show is set to come to a close.

Murray will return in the autumn and will continue to broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in a brand new role while Brendan O’Connor will present the 9am slot for the month of July.

Over the past five years, The John Murray Show offered an intelligent alternative for morning listening with a mix of serious and light content.

The show partnered the hugely popular TV series Operation Transformation. It was also known to support Irish music and over the past two years, it teamed up with the Saturday Night Show to host one of the biggest music competitions ever for emerging artists.

John and the team were well known to abandon studio to join about a thousand listeners for outings of The John Murray Show Walking Club. The Show has held walks in 16 counties.

The show has brought together an extraordinary collaboration of leading Irish artists, including Sinead O’Connor and Danny O’Reilly, to produce  2 Christmas CD’s in support of Aware raising several thousand Euros for the charity.

Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Tom McGuire said: “The John Murray Show has been at the heart of the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule for the past five years. On weekday mornings it formed a new bridge between 'Morning Ireland' and 'Today with Sean O'Rourke.'  Particular initiatives like the John Murray walks around the country; the collaboration with  'Operation Transformation ' and the hugely popular charity CDs were among the highlights.

"Over the past decade the nine o'clock daily show on RTÉ Radio 1 has continued to develop and change. John Murray and the programme teams have a significant contribution to building the show. It is now opportune, this autumn, to renew and redesign this prime hour of radio. I look forward to seeing John Murray continue to play an important role  as a significant and well loved voice on RTÉ Radio 1.”

John Murray said: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to present the show for the last 5 years. I want to thank everyone who worked on the programme in that period but most of all I want to thank the listeners for their support and for making it all worthwhile.

"One of the highlights for me was the walks we did which brought us to communities all over Ireland. I am looking forward to returning in the autumn to a new role with the station."

RTÉ Radio 1 will announce a new schedule in coming weeks.