Thursday 25 May 2017

Curtis quits UTV Ireland 18 months after launch

Mary Curtis says she won’t join a rival station. Photo: Shane O'Neill/Fennell Photography
Mary Curtis says she won’t join a rival station. Photo: Shane O'Neill/Fennell Photography

Kirsty Blake Knox and Colm Kelpie

Mary Curtis is to step down as head of channel at UTV Ireland - just 18 months after the station launched.

Ms Curtis made the announcement yesterday and will depart from the station in early February.

"While I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with UTV Ireland, it was always my intention to review my position after the channel's first year on air," she said.

"It has been an exciting and challenging year."

Ms Curtis previously worked in RTÉ where she held several senior management roles, including director of digital switchover and deputy director of programming. She left in 2013 to establish her own consultancy firm.

In an internal memo sent to UTV Ireland staff yesterday, Ms Curtis said it had been "a difficult decision to make".

She also informed her colleagues that she had no intention of starting to work for a rival station.

Instead, Ms Curtis is looking forward to taking a break and spending some time with her family.

In her absence, Michael Wilson, managing director of UTV Television, will continue to oversee the Dublin office.

Sources at the station say staff were "shocked" to hear the news of her upcoming departure.

John McCann, group chief executive of UTV Media plc, said Ms Curtis would be sorely missed.

"We all appreciate her huge contribution to the channel," he said.

UTV Ireland's ratings and revenue performance did not meet the company's own expectations in the first year.

Irish Independent

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