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Farrell tunes in for top Virgin TV role

New managing director takes over at a challenging time for all branches of the media

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Paul Farrell, the new MD of Virgin Media Television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Paul Farrell, the new MD of Virgin Media Television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Paul Farrell, the new MD of Virgin Media Television. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Paul Farrell, the newly appointed managing director of Virgin Media Television, almost bagged his first TV job back in 1997.

Having completed an MBA in Iowa in the US, the Dubliner got an internship in Lee Enterprises, which owned dozens of newspapers and several TV stations at the time. This led to the offer of a commercial role at a channel in Tucson, Arizona, but Farrell decided to make a brief visit home and get a visa based on his offer of employment. On returning to Ireland, he learned the US visa system had changed and was now a lottery system. “And that was the end of that,” says the straight-talking Artane man.

The hiccup didn’t hold Farrell back and he has gone on to have a varied career, holding senior commercial and marketing roles in well-known businesses such as O2, the Irish Times and financial services firm Davy.