TV3's Director of News, Andrew Hanlon, to leave station
TV3 today announced that Andrew Hanlon, TV3 Group Director of News and Information Programming has decided to step down from his position at the end of the year.
The TV executive has been in the role since TV3 commenced broadcasting in 1998 and was responsible for the launch of TV3 News as well as Ireland AM, Xposé and the Tonight with Vincent Browne show.
He helped launch some of the biggest stars on Irish television including Grainne Seoige, Claire Byrne, Lorraine Keane and Maura Derrane.
One of Mr Hanlon's biggest discoveries was Amanda Byram, who he hired as Ireland AM's first female anchor when she was working as a model.
Speaking today about his departure, he said: “Having been with the business since inception, and through three stages of ownership, the time has come to pass on the baton. TV3 has been an incredible experience for me over the years and I leave with a heavy heart, having made so many friends over my 18 years at the broadcaster.
"But new and exciting challenges await and I will continue to work in the media business for many years to come. I would like to thank Pat Kiely for his support and my other close colleagues at TV3 who I will miss dearly.
"I would also like to thank Tony Hanway and his colleagues in Virgin Media who have been great support for the TV3 business as new owners. I am delighted to be leaving TV3 in such good shape and exciting times whilst equally excited about my own future plans.”
Pat Kiely, TV3 Group Managing Director said: “It would be hard to find somebody who played a bigger role in TV3’s development of local programming than Andrew Hanlon. From launching Ireland’s first independent television news service, TV3 News, to Ireland’s only daily television breakfast show, Ireland AM, and lots in between, Andrew leaves a legacy of successful TV3 programmes."
"Andrew was a loyal, dedicated and, above all, supremely talented colleague who I have no doubt will continue to leave his mark on the Irish media landscape. As TV3 begins a new chapter, I am very sorry to see Andrew leave the business but he takes the very best wishes from all his colleagues in TV3 and Virgin Media with him.”
This follows the news that two of Ireland's best-loved soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale will return to the Ballymount station in December after they were bought over by UTV Ireland in 2013.
It was also announced that The Seven O'Clock Show will become The Six O'Clock Show and Xpose will move to a new prime time slot as the station works on new programming deals.