David McCullagh named as new presenter on RTE’s ‘Primetime’
David McCullagh has been unveiled as the new presenter on RTE’s flagship current affairs series ‘Primetime’.
McCullagh, who is currently a political correspondent with RTE News, said he was "delighted" with his new appointment.
McCullagh will be replacing Pat Kenny, who stepped down from the role when he moved to Newstalk.
He will present the show alongside Miriam O’Callaghan and Claire Byrne who will go on maternity leave in the next few weeks.
Mr McCullagh is well known for his reporting and analysis of the latest political developments on RTE's Six One and Nine O'Clock News from outside Government buildings.
The broadcaster was born in Dublin and educated at Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock and UCD where he graduated with a PhD in Politics.
He worked at the Evening Press from 1989 until he joined RTÉ in 1993. Since then he has been a reporter for RTÉ television and on radio and was political correspondent for RTÉ News since 2001.
David Nally, Managing Editor of RTE Current Affairs, described David's appointment as a "positive development" for the series.
“David has shown himself to be one of the most knowledgeable and thorough journalists in RTÉ as well as being a broadcaster of proven excellence. He is someone whom Irish audiences trust and respect and his move to Prime Time is a very positive development for the programme," he said.
“I'm really delighted to be taking up this new opportunity. It’s a chance to be part of a fantastic team which has been responsible for producing top class coverage of current affairs," the broadcaster said shortly after his appointment was confirmed this morning.
"After 20 years in the RTÉ Newsroom, 12 of them as Political Correspondent, this is a big change for me, and a huge challenge, but I'm really looking forward to it”.
The new series of Prime Time returns to air this Thursday night at 9.35pm.
David will begin his new role next week.