NewsTalk still listed him as one of their presenters, the stand-in presenter still said on the podcasts he was standing in for Dunphy, and the stations plans to go national included Dunphy. It would be a blow for them if they lost him.
Then I found Wikipedia had been updated today to say he was leaving NewsTalk, but you cant really trust Wikipedia 100%. A search in Googles News section eventually returned the story.
Eamon Dunphy is leaving Newstalk.
"Because of my increased commitment to RTE television sports soccer coverage, I have decided not to exercise the option of another year on my contract with NewsTalk 106," said Dunphy.
"Over the past two years I have enjoyed the challenge of helping to create the credible morning programme that NewsTalk now has. I was fortunate to have worked with an outstanding team and I wish them and the station every success in the future."
Well aint that a kick in the nuts for Newstalks national plans. Still no one is irreplaceable, as David McWilliams knows. I wonder if Dunphy has something in the pipeline, he cant have quit his job just because the World Cup is on?
Update 26th June: Dunphy was back on the radio this morning. At the end of the show he explained that he has to work out his notice with the station. He gave the impression that the station was as much to blame as he was. He also said that the introduction of the 30c text messages which he was strongly opposed to had created a rift between his team and the station managers. It sounded a little like him trying to justify his decision, but there was probably a grain of truth to it. The 30c texts may have been the final straw.