Sunday 18 February 2018

Setanta's Irish chief quits post for new role

Peter Flanagan

THE chief executive of Setanta Ireland is to step down from his post, the Irish Independent has learnt.

Niall Cogley, who took the position as head of the independent sports broadcaster in 2004, will step down from his post "over the next few months" to work on a new venture backed by Setanta.

Mr Cogley approached the company with the idea for the venture.

Details of the venture are yet to be finalised but it is believed to involve an international production company that will also hold broadcast rights to various events. The venture will not be limited to sport and is thought to be aimed at providing cost-effective content to broadcasters.

As Mr Cogley steps back from his role with Setanta, joint chief executive and co-founder of the Setanta group, Michael O'Rourke, will take over most of Mr Cogley's duties on an interim basis while the search for a replacement commences.

Staff at Setanta Ireland were informed of the moves yesterday.

Niall Cogley was head of sport at RTE Television before taking up the chief executive position with Setanta Ireland.

Irish Independent

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