Ryle Nugent announced on Monday afternoon that he is leaving RTÉ. Nugent will depart on June 1st after 24 years in Montrose.
Along with being a rugby commentator, he has been Head of Sport for the past eight years.
In a statement released via RTÉ, Nugent said:
After eight years as Group Head of RTÉ Sport, I've decided that it's time for me to move on to take up new challenges. The last eight years as Group Head have been a genuine privilege and the most rewarding of my career, but as we head into what would be my ninth season at the helm, ninth GAA Championships and third World Cup, I feel its time to hand the baton on.
Jim Jennings, Director of Content said:
Ryle has made an enormous contribution to RTÉ both in front of and behind the scenes, particularly in the last eight years as Group Head of RTÉ Sport.
The fact that RTÉ has maintained such a significant portfolio of sports rights is a tribute to Ryle and all of the team in RTÉ Sport who are dedicated to bringing our national teams and national games to Irish audiences.
We will continue on that mission, but today is about marking Ryle's contribution. I wish Ryle the very best in all that does and thank him for his commitment and the significant contribution he has made.
Nugent took over from Glen Killane as Head of Sport in 2010. Prior to that promotion, he had been Deputy Head of Sport since 2006.
RTÉ says that it will advertise for a replacement in the coming days.
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