RTE face another loss as boss Bill Malone moves to TV3
TV3 has poached Bill Malone from RTE as its new Director of Content.
One of the national broadcaster's most experienced executives, Malone is currently Channel Controller for RTE2, a role he's had for the past three years.
However a move is on the cards after TV3 confirmed that he has been signed up to take over Lynda McQuaid's former job.
The role will propel him into overseeing all the programme decisions for TV3 and its new addition to the group, UTV Ireland.
Commenting on this appointment, TV3's Group Managing Director, Pat Kiely said: “Bill has a wealth of experience across a range of programming disciplines. This appointment will ensure our programming strategy can continue to deliver great, high quality content especially as we enter a growth phase for the business.
"Bill is a very strong addition to the team and joins at an exciting time for TV3 Group.”
A former Commissioning Editor, Malone has been behind some successes for RTE2, including the decision to commission the popular First Dates Ireland series and the Voice of Ireland.
During his lengthy tenure there, he has also worked on some of its flagship shows, including the Saturday Night Show and Mrs Brown's Boys.
An award-winning documentary maker, the 46-year-old Waterford native previously produced the Late Late Show and also worked on Prime Time.
He was appointed Channel Controller for RTE2 in March 2013.
At the time, RTE's former TV MD Glen Killane said he had "an innate understanding of Irish audiences and a proven track record in delivering high-quality public service programming across a wide range of genres."
RTE confirmed today that Bill will leave with "immediate effect" due to the nature of his position.
He leaves his role as Channel Controller for RTE2 having overseen a successful channel re-brand and re-positioning in autumn 2014, which helped the channel become the second-most-viewed channel among 15-34s in 2015, after RTE One.