Declan McBennett is to take over from Ryle Nugent as the new RTÉ Group Head of Sport.
McBennett currently holds the position of Managing Editor of Live and Continuous News, and has been appointed following an internal competition.
Having secured a degree in History and Politics from Queens University Belfast in 1994, he embarked on a career in journalism first with Northern Sound and then as a reporter with FM104.
He joined RTÉ in 1999 and has worked across news in Dublin and Belfast before taking over as Sports Editor in 2007 and overseeing the Beijing and London Olympic Games, eight All Ireland Finals and the World Cup of 2010.
He moved back into News following the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2012 but has always maintained his interest as a keen sports fan and was always considered a strong contender for this role.
He will lead a strong team including Cliona O’Leary as Head of TV Sport, Donagh McGrath and Mikey Stafford.
“I very much look forward to working with the RTÉ Sports team and with all of the sporting organisations RTÉ partners with to ensure that quality coverage of our national teams and national games is delivered to the Irish audience,” said McBennett.
“I’m delighted to be taking up the role as we head into a fantastic summer of sport with the GAA Championships, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the European Championships 2018.”
“Declan has always shown his absolute commitment to public service media with a proven track record in delivering quality and trusted content to the audience,” added RTÉ Director of Content Jim Jennings.
“In a fiercely competitive sports market, I have no doubt that Declan will lead the RTÉ Sport team to further develop and evolve the quality sports coverage that Irish audiences turn to their national public service broadcaster for.”
McBennett will take over the position following Nugent’s departure at the end of May.
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