Saturday 16 December 2017

TV3 set to go head-to-head with Prime Time and Claire Byrne

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV3 has just released details of a new executive producer position and say they are "urgently" looking for the ideal candidate.

Following a fresh cash injection from new owners Virgin Media, the station is gearing up to launch a "major new current affairs series" to rival the likes of RTE's Claire Byrne Live.

The station is keeping their short-term programming plans tightly under wraps until its autumn season schedule launch, which takes place on August 31.

But an inside source said that TV3 is planning to put it up to rivals RTE when it comes to expanding its remit of hard news programmes, like the popular late night show, Tonight with Vincent Browne.

"This plan to expand TV3's hard news remit has been in the pipeline for a long time but like anything else, it all came down to budgets," they said.

"Now that the new owners have come on board, lots of projects are finally coming to fruition for TV3 and they plan to invest hugely in current affairs as well as in hard news programmes."

The job is described as a "very senior editorial position" within the group and the candidate must have a "thorough knowledge of the Irish political landscape."

Meanwhile, RTE has just advertised to fill the slot being vacated by top executive Kevin Bakhurst.

RTE are looking for someone to fill Kevin Bakhurst's position.
RTE are looking for someone to fill Kevin Bakhurst's position.

The national broadcaster is looking for someone to take over the role of managing director of News and Current Affairs after Bakhurst's announcement he was leaving to go to British watchdog Ofcom after four years with RTE. He was previously deputy head of the BBC newsroom.

The station is using an outside agency, MERC Partners, to fill the vacancy.

The Clonskeagh-based company specialises in filling executive roles.

candidate Details of the job description say the successful candidate must be able to lead the organisation "through a period of unprecedented change in audience consumption".

RTE's channel controller Bill Malone is also off to pastures new after confirming he's moving to TV3 after working in a variety of top roles with the national broadcaster.


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