Wednesday 26 July 2017

Emmy-winning Williams to be RTÉ director

Emmy award-winning Jon Williams
Emmy award-winning Jon Williams
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTÉ has announced that Emmy award-winning Jon Williams is to become the managing director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs.

He takes over from Kevin Bakhurst who stepped down last month.

Mr Williams, who is from Liverpool, worked as senior editor at ABC News in New York and has extensive experience in world news.

Mr Williams was the BBC's UK news editor during the 2005 general election and 7/7 terror attacks on the London transport network - the coverage of which was recognised with a Bafta award.

Before leaving the BBC, he oversaw the reporting of the civil war in Syria, which earned him a second Emmy,

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes said: "Jon's skills as editor, reporter, innovator and leader are unique."

Mr Williams said he "could not be more excited to join RTÉ". He added that it is "the privilege of a lifetime".

Irish Independent

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