The Irish Times report on Charlie Bird on Saturday, September 22, 2012

IT WAS a day of long goodbyes yesterday for 80 RTÉ staff who left as part of an extended voluntary redundancy/early retirement scheme designed to trim staff numbers.

Among them was RTÉ’s chief news correspondent Charlie Bird, who has been with RTÉ for 38 years.

There was also a significant cost-saving announcement by RTÉ in its regional services. Costs will be cut by a new partnership agreement whereby the station’s regional offices and studio facilities in Waterford, Dundalk, Athlone, Galway and Sligo will be moved to local institutes of technology.