RTÉ is launching a talent search to find a new presenter for childrens' TV favourite, The Den.

Damien McCaul has spent five years in the Den chair, helped along by Dustin and Soky and is due to step down at the end of May.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed being on The Den - every minute of it", he said. "I've decided to move on because of exciting new opportunities which have opened up elsewhere." McCaul will continue to present his radio show on 2fm.

Those hoping to take over McCaul's role should go to http://www.rte.ie/tv/theden/ for further details and application forms.

All applications must be in to The Den, RTÉ Television, Stage 7, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, by 30 June, 2003.

Former TG4 presenter Molly Bhreathnach ('Pop TV') will host The Den for the summer months.