Monday 27 March 2017

'Gifted' Curran highly regarded by colleagues at national broadcaster

You can learn much about Noel Curran from the reaction of his RTE colleagues to his decision last March to resign from his position as managing director of television.

"A pity" was how 'Late Late Show' host Ryan Tubridy described the move, while former 'Prime Time' host Mark Little said that Mr Curran was "one of most gifted people I ever worked with".

But it was the man who he will succeed in his new job, outgoing RTE director general Cathal Goan, who heaped the most praise on his departing staff member: "As MD TV, Noel Curran has played a pivotal role in maintaining RTE Television's creative and popular success. RTE is grateful to him for his enormous contribution. We wish him well and look forward to continued association with him in the future," said Mr Goan.

The departure is said to have been a "blow" to Mr Curran's close friends in RTE, including 'Prime Time' presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and her husband Steve Carson, RTE's director of programmes.

A native of Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, Mr Curran took a BA in Communications from Dublin City University before starting his media career as a business journalist with 'Business and Finance Magazine', eventually becoming deputy editor.

Joining RTE in 1992, he worked as a reporter, producer and editor, acting as executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1997.

During two terms as editor of current affairs in the news division, he established the 'Prime Time Investigates' programme before going on to become RTE's longest serving managing director of television from 2003 to 2010.

"From way back Noel Curran was seen as being an exceptionally talented executive in RTE. He's got a sure hand and decisive manner. He's extremely insightful in terms of commercial decisions, he understands advertising revenue and programme content," an RTE insider said.

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