BBC man's 'delight' as switch to RTE confirmed
The BBC's Vincent Kearney said he was "delighted" to make the switch to RTE after 17 "wonderful" years at the broadcaster.
RTE confirmed the former Belfast Telegraph journalist would be moving to its Belfast offices in the New Year on Sunday.
He will become the Irish broadcaster's northern correspondent replacing the retiring Brendan Wright.
RTE managing director Jon Williams said he was excited to welcome the Lurgan man to the fold.
Awarding winning journalist Mr Kearney has over 30 years reporting experiencing holding senior roles at regional and national newspapers such as the Sunday Times.
He leaves the BBC as its home affairs correspondent.
"I'm delighted to be joining RTE," he said.
"I've had 17 wonderful, enjoyable years working with a great team at the BBC.
"I look forward to this new challenge and to joining a new team."
Joking of the "slightly younger" picture of himself released by the BBC to announce his departure, Mr Kearney said RTE viewers were "in for a shock".
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