Today Tonight (Ireland)

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Today Tonight
Genre News and current affairs
Presented by Brian Farrell
Barry Cowan
Olivia O'Leary
Pat Kenny
John Bowman
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) RTÉ Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland
Editor(s) Joe Mulholland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor RTÉ
Original network RTÉ One
Original release 6 October 1980 (1980-10-06) – 27 August 1992 (1992-08-27)
Preceded by Frontline (Ireland)
Followed by Prime Time

Today Tonight was an Irish news and current affairs programme noted for its in-depth analysis, robust cross-examination of senior politicians and investigative reporting. The programme was broadcast on RTÉ One for the first time on Monday 6 October 1980.[1]

Brian Farrell, Barry Cowan and Olivia O'Leary were the three original presenters. They were subsequently joined by others such as Pat Cox, John Bowman and Pat Kenny. All of these presenters later went on to hold other positions in RTÉ Television. Today Tonight was broadcast from Monday to Thursday on RTÉ One after the main evening news and restored the station's reputation for current affairs broadcasting following the demise of 7 Days in 1976.[2] The last edition of the programme was broadcast on 27 August 1992 and was replaced by Prime Time.[3]

It won a number of Jacob's Awards.

An in-depth report into the 14 February 1981 Stardust fire broadcast by Today Tonight on 16 February 1981 led to a senior adviser of Taoiseach Charles Haughey accusing RTÉ of undermining the Stardust Tribunal.[4]


  1. ^ "RTÉ outlines winter programme changes", The Irish Times, 4 September 1980
  2. ^ "RTÉ expected to drop Today Tonight", The Irish Times, 1 April 1992
  3. ^ "Prime Time's first Thursday this week", The Irish Times, 12 September 1992
  4. ^ "RTÉ accused over Stardust tragedy". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.