RTE appoints new London correspondent
RTE News has appointed a new London correspondent - two years after closing its office in the UK capital.
The position will be filled by a Fiona Mitchell, who has been deputy foreign editor with the broadcaster.
Ms Mitchell, who will be based at ITN's London offices from January, will be responsible for reporting on political, social and economic affairs in London and the wider Great Britain for television, radio and the online.
“I am thrilled to take on the role of London Correspondent at such a hugely interesting time in British life and politics,” said Ms Mitchell, who joined RTE as a reporter in 2000.
“I relish the opportunity to bring that story to the RTE audience and re-establish the RTE presence in the UK."
In 2012, RTE closed their London bureau that at one time housed five staff and maintained it will not b leasing or purchasing office space as result of the new appointment.
It said this more cost-effective model will also see staff using self-editing and self-shooting skills, with a freelance camera crew contracted when necessary.
The national broadcaster also has an Europe editor and Europe correspondent, both based in Brussels. However it previously revealed the role of European correspondent will not be re-advertised when its contract is completed in December.
Kevin Bakhurst, head of RTÉ News and Current Affairs, said the latest appointment is a demonstration of RTÉ's commitment to the coverage of the UK ahead of the country's 2015 General Election and as Britain debates its future in the European Union.
“It will also ensure that we can reflect the lives and experiences of the large number of Irish people now living in the UK,” he added.
Originally from Tullamore in Co Offaly and a graduate of NUIG, Ms Mitchell initially worked as a reporter with both Morning Ireland and the RTÉ foreign desk before being appointed news editor in 2006. More recently she has worked as the deputy foreign editor.
During her time at the station she has worked on some of the biggest news stories of recent years including the resignation of Pope Benedict, the historic State Visit to the UK of President Michael D Higgins and the recent Scottish Independence Referendum.