Cillian Doyle’s radio career is set to come full circle this Monday as he becomes the presenter of The Takeover!
Carlow-native Cillian will be a familiar voice to our listeners, having plied his trade as a news & sports broadcaster over the last eighteen months. A lifelong Beat fan, the former Bagenalstown Presentation de la Salle student returns to the same show he completed his LCVP experience in 2015.
Before coming to Beat, Cillian studied Media & Public Relations at IT Carlow and worked as a journalist in local radio. As well as a love of radio, Cillian is also passionate about creating social media content that will serve him well as the new host of The Takeover.
In his new role, Cillian will get to engage with the younger end of our 15-34 demographic on air and across all of Beat’s many platforms especially the station’s 184,000 followers on TikTok. Beat is the leading Irish radio station on the viral video-focused social media platform, and he says he’s looking forward to expanding Beat’s TikTok following over the next few months.
Commenting on the announcement, an ecstatic Cillian revealed that taking on the show is “a dream come true.
“I remember listening to Beat Breakfast every morning before school and then I would listen to the Takeover doing my homework in the evening”, he said.
“Honestly, it’s a surreal feeling. I can’t wait to countdown the biggest songs of the day as well as having the craic with the show’s listeners!”
Along with hosting The Takeover, Cillian will also present Friday night Beat Anthems and The Top [email protected] on Sundays.
Head of Station Sound Niall Power said that he’s proud to be working with the best young radio talent in the country: “Along with the likes of David Hammond, Dave Cronin and Michelle Heffernan, Cillian is the voice of a generation of young people living and working in the South East. Cillian’s playful humour, passion for radio, and genuine obsession for discovering new music talent will ensure the Takeover is in safe hands.”
C.E.O. and Programme Director of Beat Gabrielle Cummins, meanwhile, praised the new Takeover presenter’s diverse skillset: “One of the aspects I particularly love about working at Beat is affording new talent the opportunity to expand their skills. Cillian joined Beat as a part-time journalist in October 2020 and moved to a full-time role in April 2021. During that time, he also demonstrated versatility in other areas of broadcasting. We’re delighted to now announce Cillian as Beat’s newest weekday presenter.”
Cillian joined Niall and Sho on Beat Breakfast ahead of his first show, where they presented him with a little surprise: