Update 3.45pm Now Confirmed By RTE - Second Captains turn into Second Captains Championship
Word reaches Balls towers that the Second Captains are landing back into the world of traditional radio, whilst sticking with their online radio duties at the Irish Times. RTE are yet to confirm it but it's understood that the former Newstalk team will land into Montrose on Sunday evenings at 6pm replacing Take Your Point for the summer
Updated - The Press Release
The Second Captains team are set to join RTÉ Radio 1 with a brand-new weekly GAA show in association with The Irish Times. Second Captains Championship will broadcast at 6pm on Sundays from June 22nd. The show will be presented by three-time PPI sports broadcaster of the year Eoin McDevitt along with his co-presenter, Ciaran Murphy.
Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Tom McGuire said: “Building on the great success of Sunday Sport, this new show follows in the footsteps of Sportscall and Take Your Point and will give victorious and vanquished fans alike a chance to offer their views on the race for Sam and Liam. As well as top-class analysis and features, Second Captains Championship will be the first place fans go to express their post-match opinion. It's a brand new show on RTÉ Radio 1 but presented and produced in a style familiar to fans of Second Captains on RTÉ Two Television. We look forward to welcoming the boys on board with a lively engagement with listeners on summer Sundays.”
Second Captains’ Mark Horgan said: “We're delighted to be joining Ireland's number one radio station and look forward to broadcasting on the most important dates of the Irish summer - GAA championship Sundays. We're delighted to add live radio to Second Captains' existing midweek online shows with The Irish Times and Second Captains Live on RTÉ Two.”
Second Captains are the multi-award winning broadcasting team of Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Mark Horgan and Simon Hick. Listeners will be familiar with the team having just completed the second series of their popular RTÉ Two Television show - Second Captains Live. They produce four online shows a week to stream and download on irishtimes.com, attracting over 1.3 million SoundCloud plays alone in the first three months of this year.
Presumably this will be an outside production not dissimilar to the likes of RTE's The Business which is put together by Old Yard productions.
The quintet – made up of Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan – of course already present four podcasts a week on the Irish Times and recently finished the second series of the Second Captains TV show on RTE 2.
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