Thursday 21 September 2017

McCullagh 'delighted' with 'Prime Time' role after Kenny exit

Presenters Miriam O'Callaghan, Claire Byrne and David McCullagh in studio together
Presenters Miriam O'Callaghan, Claire Byrne and David McCullagh in studio together

Jane Last and Michael Brennan

DAVID McCullagh is replacing Pat Kenny on RTE's flagship current affairs series 'Prime Time'.

Mr McCullagh, who is currently a political correspondent with RTE News, said he was "delighted" with his new role which will begin next week.

He will present the show alongside Miriam O'Callaghan and Claire Byrne who will go on maternity leave in the next few weeks.

"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.

"After 20 years in the RTE 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 tonight at 9.35pm.

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 RTE in 1993.

Irish Independent

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