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The head of RTE's television department has expressed concern at the level of repeat programming the station is broadcasting.

Glen Killane, who has worked as the station's managing director of television since 2010 when he took over from Noel Curran, described the level of repeats being aired as too high.

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Glen Killane, MD of Television at RTE pictured at The Montrose Studios yesterday.

Glen Killane, MD of Television at RTE pictured at The Montrose Studios yesterday.

Glen Killane, MD of Television at RTE pictured at The Montrose Studios yesterday.

"I'm not happy with the level of repeat programming we have had to put out in the past number of years," Mr Killane explained, but described this as "needs must".

Shows such as the Simpsons, Reality Bites and Fr Ted are aired on a weekly basis, with episodes often being repeated.

The head of television also seemed to take issue with the number of drama programmes that RTE is showing.

The popularity of series such as Love/Hate have pulled in high levels of viewers, but Mr Killane said that he is "not happy with the level of drama output".

Mr Killane has tried to change the emphasis RTE puts into drama shows by introducing comedy programmes, including Damo and Ivor.

"If you look at the evolution of that series, we went to the web to find new talent. RTE2 has been a stellar success since we repositioned it. It's loud and it's brash and it has a public service heart.

Despite financial cutbacks and an apparent over- focus on repeats and drama, Mr Killane feels confident about his and the broadcaster's prospects in the future.

"I'm confident enough in my own ability - without being over cocky - that I can turn my hand to new challenges," he said.

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