Monday 25 September 2017

Former RTE chief Noel Curran appointed new Director General of European Broadcasting Union

Noel Curran Photo: Damien Eagers
Noel Curran Photo: Damien Eagers
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Noel Curran has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The former RTE Director General will succeed Ingrid Deltenre in the role - and is expected to take up the position at the beginning of September this year.

In addition to his experience as former DG, Managing Director of Television and Editor of Current Affairs of RTÉ during a difficult financial period, Mr Curran is also an award winning investigative journalist and producer.

"We are delighted to welcome Noel Curran as the new Director General of the EBU", said Jean-Paul Philippot, President of the EBU.

"Noel was the candidate of choice in what was an extremely strong list of candidates. He impressed us with his sound public service values, his operational experience and his understanding of the public service media ecosystem within today's rapidly evolving media environment.

"His leadership experience as Director General of RTÉ will be invaluable as the EBU moves towards the next chapter in its history. I am confident he will do a very good job for the EBU, for all our Members, and for public service media."

Noel's programming won numerous awards for journalism and he was Executive Producer on a range of live television events, including the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, general election coverage, live entertainment series and factual programming.

Commenting on his new appointment, Noel Curran said, "There is now, more than ever, a compelling case for what public service media does, and what the Members of the European Broadcasting Union do, day in, day out. The EBU represents some of the finest media organizations, content-makers and journalists in the world.

"The position of DG is a huge honour, and I will work with the membership to seize every opportunity and to move ahead with the changes necessary to secure the future of public service media. I look forward to working with Jean-Paul, with the EBU team and with our Members, from all regions in the EBU, to serve our audiences' needs."

Ingrid Deltenre, who has led the EBU since 2010, decided to step down this year to focus her attention on her Board responsibilities.

Noel is married to the singer and former Eurovision Song Contest winner Eimear Quinn and they have two daughters.

The current Director General at RTE is Dee Forbes, who replaced Mr Curran in the role in 2016.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media with 73 members in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 associates in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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