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Sam Smyth writes:

…I received the first letter from Today FM raising the issue of ending the programme on March 22nd, 2011, the same day that the final report of the Moriarty tribunal was unexpectedly published.

…I asked Mr [Willie] O’Reilly (right) about the status of the letter; he said that it was “as if it hadn’t been written”.

I also spoke to Mr O’Reilly about Denis O’Brien (left) writing to me at my home threatening to sue me personally.

When the controversy over the publishing of the Moriarty tribunal subsided in late summer last year, Mr O’Reilly resurrected the prospect of dropping the Sam Smyth on Sunday programme. The station was doing root and branch change in programming, he said.

Sam Smyth on Sunday was dropped in October last year. It was the only major change in programming on Today FM.

Smyth’s Departure From Today FM (Sam Smyth, irish Times Letters)

Within days of the sacking Willie O’Reilly resigned from Today FM to join RTE in the newly-created position of commercial director. Sam Smyth was replaced by Anton Savage.

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)