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Creator of Riverdance Moya Doherty new chairperson of RTE board


Moya Doherty

Moya Doherty

Moya Doherty

Creator of 'Riverdance' Moya Doherty has been announced as the new chairperson of the RTE board.

Ms Doherty, who joined RTE in the 1970s and is now the director of Tyrone Productions, was appointed alongside newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna, the only current member of RTE staff on the governing board.

The pair were among seven appointed by Communications Minister Alex White yesterday.

Ms Doherty said: “From modest beginnings as a young woman in the late 1970’s I joined RTE and through the past 35 years most of my professional life has been in communications and broadcasting in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

"Creativity and commerce are intertwined in this era of fragmentation and there has never been a greater need for the personality of public service broadcasting to be nurtured and cherished in the midst of this ecology of change.

She said that RTE will face challenges in the coming years, due to the rise of social media and other technologies.

“The next few years will see RTE having to find structures capable of redefining the role of public service broadcasting in a media space transformed by social and digital technologies.  I am looking forward to the challenge and privilege of working alongside all who are part of the RTÉ community, internal and external, to help to carve a strong identity for the future for the public service broadcaster."

The other people appointed to the board were Frank Hannigan, Deborah Kelleher, PJ Matthews and Anne O'Leary, while Fergus Armstrong was re-elected.

Newly-wed Mac Grianna was elected following a "massive campaign" at the Montrose studios.

In his manifesto, he called for the restoration of pay levels, which were slashed in 2009.

Irish Independent