Broadcaster Bryan Dobson has signed off from RTÉ's Six One News for the final time, ahead of his move to RTÉ Radio.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who was Mr Dobson's final interviewee on the flagship evening news programme, wished the presenter well in his career move.

Co-presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin also paid tribute to Mr Dobson at the end of the bulletin, before introducing a reality TV-style 'best bits' montage covering his 21 years on the evening news bulletin.

He will begin broadcasting on RTÉ's Morning Ireland on 1 November.

In 1987, Bryan Dobson joined RTÉ as a reporter with RTÉ Radio's This Week programme.

Soon after, he was appointed to the post of RTÉ Business Correspondent and also began presenting the television business programme Marketplace.

Una O'Hagan and Bryan Dobson on the set of RTÉ Television's '6.01 News' in 1998

He presented RTÉ's One O'Clock News and Nine News before being appointed anchor of the Six One News in 1996.

Through the years, he also worked on documentary programmes and guest-presented special programmes.

Speaking in recent weeks, Mr Dobson said he would "greatly miss" Six One News, but said the time had come to grasp new opportunities.

"Morning Ireland is the country's most-listened-to radio programme with an audience that is highly engaged in the debates, arguments and discussions that make up the national conversation.

"I am hugely looking forward to joining the Morning Ireland team and playing my part in serving our listeners and in continuing to meet, and exceed, their expectations."

The announcement of a new presenter for the Six One News will be made shortly.

Mr Dobson will be a permanent presenter on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, joining co-presenters Rachael English, Dr Gavin Jennings and Audrey Carville.

Bryan Dobson moves to RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland next week