On Monday 3 October 1988, RTÉ launched its first hour-long news programme , a new format incorporating national, international and regional news as well as live interviews and sports coverage. The programme's first anchors were former political correspondent and long-standing newsreader (replaced two years later by ).
His replacement was , who had been presenting the for several years. In 1997, left to become presenter of the . She was replaced by , who continued until 2003, she decided to concentrate on radio broadcasting and late night bulletins. A number of newsreaders partnered Dobson before became permanent co-anchor in 2005.
Some critics have mounted a campaign to abolish the Angelus on RTÉ, mostly in the Letters' pages of the Irish Times, though this is despite the fact that the Angelus at 6:00pm is one of RTÉ's most popular television programmes and is Ireland's most watched religious programme, with an average of 318,000 viewers every day. It is unclear whether would move its bulletin back one minute to 6:00pm as that would mean that the newscast would be in direct competition to get viewers at exactly the same time as other stations.