RTÉ has announced that it is to discontinue Questions and Answers at the conclusion of its current season in June.

The decision is based on broadcaster John Bowman's commitment to other projects, including a programme which will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Telefís Éireann in 1961.

RTÉ's Director General Cathal Goan said: ‘Questions and Answers has been an integral part of the national conversation for over 20 years. With John in the chair expertly guiding and probing both guests and audiences, it has been an appointment to view for all with the remotest interest in current affairs at home and abroad.'

A spokesperson for RTÉ has confirmed that another current affairs programme will be introduced to the television schedule to replace the show.

It will be in the same Monday evening time slot and will include public participation.