John Clarke, Head of RTÉ 2fm, has announced that he has decided to stand down as head of the station. Having steered the station through the recent strategic review process, he believes the time is right to give the station management into new hands.

He said: “I became Head of RTÉ 2fm some 11 years ago. It has been a wonderful 11 years, both professionally and personally. RTÉ 2fm, as Ireland's second national radio station, has maintained its position as Ireland's most-listened-to music channel. This performance is something I am proud to have maintained in the face of unprecedented competition.

"But the key to staying at the top means recognising that nothing stands still, certainly not in the world of commercial music radio. I undertook the latest strategic review in the hope that it would confirm what is great about 2fm while crystallising the challenges that face it. The review has done both. Now is the time for a new vision for RTÉ 2fm."

Claire Duignan, MD Radio, today paid tribute to John, “John has shepherded RTÉ 2fm through turbulent waters over the last 11 years. Competition has emerged not only in Dublin, but locally all over the country, and nationally. RTÉ 2fm has held its crown."

Clarke will continue as Head of 2fm during the process of finding a successor, and will remain in RTÉ 2m in a senior production capacity after his successor takes over.