'Morning Ireland' the RTÉ Radio 1 news and current affairs programme has a new format and an earlier start time of 7:30 am.

RTÉ Radio 1’s news and current affairs programme ‘Morning Ireland’ is to go on air from the earlier time of 7:30 am, providing listeners with expanded coverage and new features.

Presenter David Hanly believes there is a need for information earlier than the traditional 8:00 am start allows,

We’re reacting to that need; we’ll see how it goes.

According to RTÉ Director of News Joe Mulholland, the extra half hour is much needed as it will give the programme a more comfortable pace while allowing for better reporting,

On business, on sport, on the arts and on other general areas and we will have more reports from external sources, particular the regions of this country.

The new changes will be in place from 5 February 1996. They come as part of a wider drive to revamp Radio 1's schedule in the face of competition from local radio and before a new national commercial radio station goes on air.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 February 1996. The reporter is Colm Connolly.