Investigative journalist Paul Connolly will step in temporarily for Alan Hughes this December on Ireland AM.
Alan takes a break every December so that he can take part in the annual Christmas panto.
Alan reanimates his classic panto character Sammy Sausages each year in the Cheerios Panto.
Paul joins regular hosts Ciara Doherty and Karen Koster as his replacement while Alan rehearses and performs in the on-stage production.
Paul is best known for his undercover documentary work.
This year’s panto is a rendition of Cinderella. Alan will be joined on stage by Fair City actress Jenny Dixon and Jake Carter.
Ireland AM celebrated 20 years on the air this year.
The flagship show has been presented by Alan since it began in 1999.