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Sunday 22 October 2017

RTE sports head wins scrum for top TV job

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

A 37-year-old executive was yesterday unveiled as RTE's new director of television.

Current head of sport Glen Killane landed the role after the departure of Noel Curran.

Mr Killane will also join the RTE executive board, reporting to the director general.

RTE Director General Cathal Goan said: "Glen's background in sports programming is a significant asset, bringing as it does wide experience in major event programming."

Born in Dublin, Mr Killane attended Trinity College before taking a masters in journalism at DCU. He later trained as a TV producer/director with the BBC and helped to establish the live football production arm of ITV Digital in London as editor of live football.

After joining RTE, he became series editor of 'The Sunday Game' and led production of the Rugby World Cup (1999), the Champions League (2000) and the Six Nations (1998-2000).

He also produced RTE's coverage of the Special Olympics in Ireland in 2003 and in 2005 reintroduced live professional boxing to Irish terrestrial television, culminating in the first live world title bout on Irish television in 25 years when Bernard Dunne beat Ricardo Cordoba.

Rugby

As editor of rugby at RTE from 1998, he put together the George Hook, Brent Pope and Tom McGurk presentation team and has since introduced presenter and panel contributor talent, including Ger Loughnane, Joe Brolly, Darragh O Se, Graeme Souness, Ronnie Whelan and Conor O'Shea.

Mr Killane said: "I'm delighted to be taking up the position of MD of television at such a critical time for RTE. The challenges are significant. However, I'm very much looking forward to building on the achievements of Noel Curran and the TV board, and taking television into its next phase."

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