Career history: David O’Sullivan has been a radio and TV journalist for over 30 years. He studied Journalism at Rhodes University in the early 1980s, during which time he did internships at the Rand Daily Mail and Capital Radio.
Radio was his preferred medium and, after four years as a freelancer, he joined Capital Radio on a fulltime basis in 1987. He rose to the position of News Editor, covering the fall of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela.
During that time, he also worked as the Southern African correspondent for numerous international radio networks and radio stations including Independent Radio News in London, Voice of America and National Public Radio in the USA, Macquarrie National News in Australia, and Newstalk ZB in New Zealand.
In 1993, he embarked on an ill-fated and short-lived law career, working for Webber Wentzel as a candidate attorney in their media law department and dealing with such clients as the Star, Pretoria News, Sowetan, BBC and Carte Blanche.
In 1995, he joined 702 where he stayed for the next 20 years. He worked in all on-air departments – news, sport and programming – and covered every significant event in South Africa, including the Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma Presidencies, and sporting events including the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 1996 African Cup of Nations, and the 1996 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He hosted the prime-time Afternoon Drive show for 11 years.
He also presented live sport on SABC-TV from 2000 to 2011, anchoring the coverage of the Comrades Marathon, Durban July, J&B Met, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Springbok Test matches, and hosted a live rugby sports show, RuggaZone.
Since leaving 702, David worked for Power FM, presenting a Sunday morning show. For the past six months, David has presented a weekday evening news and current affairs programme on the fledgling music station, Hot 91.9. From 2 May, he will be the presenter of the breakfast show on Kaya FM.
He also consults with corporates on media training and strategy, facilitates conferences, does public speaking and MCs functions.
David has won numerous media awards, including two international awards for his coverage of the 1992 Bisho massacre, four SAB Sports Journalist Awards, and four MTN Radio Awards.
David is married to Jacqui, the Group Executive for Communications at Telkom. They have two sons, Michael (12) and Tom (5).