Friday 19 January 2018

Insider is new head of current affairs at RTE TV

David Nally Managing Editor RTÉ Current Affairs
David Nally Managing Editor RTÉ Current Affairs
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

An RTE insider of 18 years has secured the first of the new managerial appointments in the shake-up that followed the libelling of Fr Kevin Reynolds.

David Nally -- who served as editor of current affairs until 2008 -- has been appointed to the new role of managing editor, current affairs, television.

Following the Fr Reynolds scandal and public outrage, RTE announced a shake-up of current-affairs programming and management.

New roles were announced, including Mr Nally's, and separate editors for 'Prime Time' and 'Frontline' programmes and for the new multi-media Investigative Unit.

An RTE spokeswoman declined to comment on the hiring process, but said it was both internal and external.

She also pointed to Mr Nally's experience in investigative journalism.

Mr Nally joined RTE in 1994, working on the business programme 'Marketplace' and subsequently on 'Prime Time'.


He trained as a producer/director in 2001 and became executive producer of 'Prime Time' the following year, before becoming editor, current affairs, with responsibility for 'Prime Time', 'Questions And Answers' and the first nine series of 'Prime Time Investigates'.

RTE director general Noel Curran said Mr Nally had built a strong reputation for editorial judgment, adding: "He has a commitment to quality current affairs journalism and a range of new ideas for the area."

In the last year, Mr Nally has worked in the documentary unit as an executive producer.

Mr Nally said: "I am delighted to be returning to current affairs to manage what will undoubtedly be a period of exciting change."

Irish Independent

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