Elaine Geraghty has announced she is stepping down as chief executive of Newstalk 106-108FM and will be pursuing a PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology.

The new chief executive of Newstalk will be Frank Cronin, who has represented Setanta Holdings on the board of Newstalk since 2002.

Elaine Geraghty has been chief executive at Newstalk since 2005 having held a number of positions with the Communicorp Group since 1989. Geraghty led the station through the successful national licence application process and its move from a Dublin based news station into the first Irish national talk radio commercial operator. “Newstalk has made such progress and I have worked with a tremendous team here at the station. It’s been a great experience but now I am looking forward to a new challenge,” she said.

“Elaine has worked with Communicorp Group for twenty years including roles at 98FM, at Communicorp Group Radio Operations in Europe and for the last three and a half years in Newstalk,” said Denis O’Brien, chairman of Newstalk. “The board would like to thank her for the immense job she has done at Newstalk in bringing the station to where it is today. On a personal level I want to sincerely thank her and wish her well for the future.” O’Brien has invited Geraghty to join the boards of Dublin’s 98 and Spin South West.

Frank Cronin will join Newstalk over the coming weeks. He has worked with Setanta, one of Newstalk’s founding investors, since February 2000 and led the commercial development of Setanta’s business in Ireland. He has been involved with Newstalk since its inception and was head of the editorial committee of Newstalk. He was previously managing director of the Sunday Tribune and is a chartered accountant.

Read our in-depth interview with Elaine Geraghty last year here.