Eir appoints RTE veteran to head up its new TV arm
Eir has appointed RTE veteran Glen Killane as its first head of television, in a move that will be seen in the industry as another marker of the telecom provider's media ambitions.
At Eir, Glen Killane will take up the newly created role of managing director, Eir TV and Sport.
He will lead the company's new TV business including Eir Sport - formerly Setanta - as well as all sports-related sponsorships.
Last week Eir launched its new sports-led TV services, which include six sports channels, including BT Sport, for free with its broadband packages as an incentive to drive subscriptions.
Glen Killane was previously managing director of television at RTE, and was tipped as a possible candidate for the RTE director general job that ultimately went to Dee Forbes this year.
The new Eir executive's background was in sport. He was series editor of the Sunday Game, Rugby World Cup, Champions League and international soccer. He was group head of RTE Sport from 2004-2010 and has been a member of the RTE executive board since 2010.
As head of television over the past year, his responsibilities included RTE's centenary project 'RTE 1916'.
Commenting on the appointment, Jon Florsheim, managing director of Eir's consumer division, said: "This is a really fantastic appointment for the company and a very strong addition to our TV team. We have significant plans for both our Eir sport brand and our wider Eir TV proposition."
Meanwhile, TV3, now owned by US media tycoon John Malone, is understood to be close to appointing a new director of content, to replace Lynda McQuaid, who left the broadcaster earlier this year.