News of the switch broke last night, with the 50-year-old describing the move as “a little bit like coming home”.
His mid-morning show had built up a huge listenership but, as of today, Alison Curtis will step in as interim presenter in the slot, with Today FM stating they are now looking for a full-time replacement.
D’Arcy’s move back to RTÉ — where he first sprang to fame on Jo Maxi and The Den — will see him take over the slot being vacated in the new year by Derek Mooney, while also returning to RTÉ television.
“I’m really looking forward to joining RTÉ in 2015,” he said. “I’m excited about the upcoming challenges in both radio and television. To be honest, it feels a little bit like coming home.”
Head of RTÉ Radio 1 Tom McGuire said D’Arcy would be “at the heart of our afternoon schedule”, describing him as “one of the top performers in the country”.
It is understood that D’Arcy was approached in recent weeks by RTÉ. The Ray D’Arcy Show will begin on February 2, some three weeks after Mooney vacates the slot, although whether his Today FM team will also move is not confirmed.