Bryan Dobson

Bryan David Dobson (born 10 February 1960) is an Irish journalist, newscaster and presenter with RTÉ in Ireland. He currently presents Morning Ireland. He previously presented RTÉ News: Six One, RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock and occasionally RTÉ News: One O'Clock.

Bryan Dobson
Bryan David Dobson

(1960-02-10) 10 February 1960
ResidenceFoxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Other namesDobbo[1][2]
Alma mater
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Notable credit(s)
RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock, RTÉ News: Six One
RTÉ News and Current Affairs
Spouse(s)Crea Dobson (m. 1994)

Early life

Dobson was raised in Sandymount. He attended Newpark Comprehensive School, Blackrock, Dublin. It was one of the first schools to introduce the Transition Year programme. In it, he presented a half-hour radio programme.[3] When he finished school, he attended a media course in the Rathmines College of Commerce, Dublin Institute of Technology.[4]

Broadcasting career

Early career

Dobson previously worked for the Dublin pirate station Radio Nova, hosting their nightly Dublin Today programme. Before joining RTÉ in 1987, he worked for BBC Northern Ireland.[5]


Dobson joined RTÉ News and Current Affairs as a reporter in 1992. Before being the main RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock presenter, he was the RTÉ Business Correspondent. In September 1996, he was named as the co-presenter of the flagship early evening news programme, RTÉ News: Six One on RTÉ One, one of the most watched news programmes in Ireland. Since then he has presented that news programme, currently with Sharon Ní Bheoláin. He left his position as co-presenter on 25 October 2017 after 21 years to move to early morning radio on Morning Ireland.[6][7]

He also presents various special programmes such as RTÉ's coverage of general elections.[5] In May 2011, he fronted RTÉ television coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland.[8]


In 2003, Dobson became embroiled in a minor controversy. Dobson was accused of a conflict of interest when it was reported that he had provided some training for senior local authority officials in answering questions in the media, although the controversy was somewhat defused when Dobson expressed regret for what was viewed as a misjudgment.[9] He interviewed Bertie Ahern in 2006, after which Dobson said "I've never done an interview like it before and I doubt if I ever will again".[4] On 21 January 2013 an incident occurred when Dobson was interviewing the American White House press reporter Paul Brandus. At one point of the report, a man, though shadowed, appeared in front of the screen telling Brandus his time was over. The television facility was being shared and it was the next reporter's turn. Dobson commented: "Well in all my years on the jobs that's never happened, well there you go!"

Personal life

Dobson lives in Dublin with his wife and their two children.[5]


  1. "Sharon Ní Bheoláin called Bryan Dobson 'Dobbo' on the Six One earlier". Journal Media. 27 November 2015.
  2. "Sharon Ní Bheoláin calls Bryan Dobson 'Dobbo' live on air". Irish Examiner. 27 November 2015. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015.
  3. "The anchorman of Irish news". Informer Newspaper Group. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  4. Clifford, Michael (12 November 2006). "Anchorman". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  5. "RTÉ Biography and Webchat". RTÉ. 10 May 2006. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
  6. "Bryan Dobson readies his final 'Six One News' before move to Morning Ireland". Irish Independent. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  7. "Sharon Ní Bheoláin got a bit teary paying tribute to Bryan Dobson on his last ever Six One". Journal. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  8. Keane, Kevin (14 May 2011). "Broadcasters roll out big guns for visit". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  9. "RTÉ to explain media coaching by Dobson to Oireachtas group". The Irish Times. 6 June 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2009.
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