Bryan Dobson

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Bryan Dobson
Born (1960-02-10) 10 February 1960 (age 56)
Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Other names Dobbo[1][2]
Ethnicity Irish
Occupation Journalist, newsreader presenter
Notable credit(s) RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock, RTÉ News: Six One
RTÉ News and Current Affairs
Salary €193,610[3]
Spouse(s) One
Children Two

Bryan Dobson (born 10 February 1960) is an Irish newscaster with RTÉ in Ireland. He has presented RTÉ News: Six One since 1996. He previously presented RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock and occasionly presents RTÉ News: One O'Clock.

Early life[edit]

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.[4] When he finished school, he attended a media course in the Rathmines College of Commerce, Dublin Institute of Technology [5]


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.[6]


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 also presents various special programmes such as RTÉ's coverage of general elections.[6] In May 2011, he fronted RTÉ television coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland.[7]

In 2003, he 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.[8] 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".[5] On January 21, 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[edit]

He currently lives in Dublin with his wife and their two children.[6]


  1. ^ "Sharon Ní Bheoláin called Bryan Dobson ‘Dobbo’ on the Six One earlier". 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. ^ Hegarty, Shane (February 29, 2008). "1 Pat Kenny = 3 Derek Mooneys". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  4. ^ "The anchorman of Irish news". Informer Newspaper group. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  5. ^ a b Clifford, Michael (12 November 2006). "Anchorman". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "RTÉ Biography and Webchat". RTÉ. 10 May 2006. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  7. ^ Keane, Kevin (14 May 2011). "Broadcasters roll out big guns for visit". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "RTÉ to explain media coaching by Dobson to Oireachtas group". The Irish Times. 6 Jun 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-18.