Six One News co-presenter Caitríona Perry is leaving RTÉ for huge job in US – – Our News, Your Views

Six One News co-presenter Caitríona Perry is leaving RTÉ for huge job in US

Six One News co-presenter Caitríona Perry has announced that she is leaving RTÉ after almost 16 years to take up a job in the US.

The journalist will leave the company at the end of the month to take up her new international role as senior presenter at the Washington-based BBC at the end of the summer.

It is understood that a new co-host for RTÉ Six One News will be announced soon.

Miss Perry said she was leaving with “aa mix of sadness and excitement”.

She said: “It is really hard to say goodbye. I have made great friends, worked with some incredibly talented people and had fantastic experiences and opportunities. I have reported from all over the world and had the chance to witness history in the making, particularly during my time as Washington Correspondent and as co-presenter of the Six One News. It was a tough decision to walk away from RTÉ. It is an institution in Irish life, but I have been offered an incredible opportunity. I wish to say a special thank you to the RTÉ audience, the viewers, listeners and readers who have afforded me the extraordinary privilege of being a public service broadcast journalist,” reports RTE.

RTÉ News & Current Affairs Managing Director Deirdre McCarthy said: “Caitríona has been a hugely valued member of the RTÉ News team for over 15 years, as a journalist, a colleague and a friend. While we will miss her presenting RTÉ’s flagship Six One News, we are so delighted for her to take up this huge international opportunity. We are very proud to see such a talented Irish journalist go on to succeed on a global news stage. From working across all desks and platforms in the RTÉ newsroom, to her hugely impactful time as Washington Correspondent, to her calm and diligent presenting of the news to audiences each evening during national highs and lows, Caitríona’s hard work and journalistic ethic always shone through. She will be missed equally by audiences, but I know they will join me in wishing her well,” reports RTE.

Ms. Perry has been the co-anchor of RTÉSixOneNews since January 2018.

She has also presented many RTÉ News specials including the 2020 US Presidential Election and Inauguration 2021, Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland, additional programming during the pandemic and most recently US President Joe Biden’s visit to Ireland.

She became RTÉ’s Washington correspondent in 2013, covering important stories such as the US presidential election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, the Berkeley tragedy and reports from North America, Cuba and Haiti, reports RTE.

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