January 1981 saw the last of RTÉ radio's sponsored programmes ever to be transmitted marking the end of an era spanning over 50 years.

When 2RN began back in 1926, sponsorship was required to finance the new national radio station. However, the RTÉ authority has now decided to scrap sponsorship. Leo Maguire, presenter of The Walton's programme talks about how the end of sponsorship coincides with the end of his long career.

Radio programme director Michael Carroll comments on the decision to end sponsorship and comments

There's a time and a place for everything. Sponsored programmes have had a very good innings, I feel, and we're hopeful that in financial terms there won't be any change and people will gradually adapt.

An RTÉ News report by Kate Smith broadcast on 3 January 1981.