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Sunday 20 April 2014

Noel Curran to remain as RTE Director General for four more years

Noel Curran,Director General of RTE arriving for the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee meeting at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 22/5/13
Noel Curran, Director General of RTE. Photo: Tom Burke

Director General of RTÉ Noel Curran will remain in his position for another four years.

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte today confirmed that the Government has approved the appointment of Mr Curran for a four year period.

The minister said Mr Curran had demonstrated great leadership in his initial term, during which RTÉ was ‘‘operating in a very difficult economic environment, facing increased competition and commercial challenges.’’

‘‘Noel Curran’s performance has been of the highest standard,’’ the minister said.

‘‘His reappointment and the continuity within the organisation that this provides will be of great benefit to both the organisation and its staff.’’

During his initial three year tenure, the director general oversaw a restructuring programme within the station and led the organisation in the delivery of the digital free-to-air service, Saorview.

The Monaghan native was appointed Director General of RTÉ in November 2010.

The Director General is the most senior executive post in the RTÉ organisational structure.

A graduate of Dublin City University, he completed a BA in Communications before beginning work in the print media as a business journalist.

He was a deputy editor of business and finance before joining RTÉ in 1992.

He worked as a reporter, producer and editor in RTÉ Television.

The journalist was executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1997 and served two terms as Editor of Current Affairs in the News Division, where he established the Prime Time Investigates programme strand.

In March 2010, Curran left RTÉ to pursue private business interests.

He has previously been a company director in the independent production sector in Ireland.

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