Feeney to become new press watchdog
FORMER RTE television current affairs editor Peter Feeney will replace Professor John Horgan as Press Ombudsman when he retires later this year.
Mr Feeney has been an independent member of the Press Council of Ireland since October 2013.
He was RTE's Freedom of Information Officer from 2000, and later became Head of Broadcast Compliance, responsible for managing RTE's processes in dealing with complaints to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
From 1990 to 1997, Mr Feeney was editor of current affairs television at RTE, following his tenure as a lecturer in politics at the University of Ulster.
Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland Daithi O Ceallaigh said: "I am delighted that Peter Feeney has accepted the Press Council's invitation to be our next Press Ombudsman.
"He has enjoyed a long and respected media career with a strong commitment to standards in journalism, news and current affairs. Mr Feeney has considerable experience in the area of compliance and complaint handling and we look forward very much to working with him."
Mr Horgan announced in March that he would retire as Press Ombudsman on September 1. He has held the position since it was created, together with the Press Council, in 2007.
The Press Council and the office of the Press Ombudsman administer a voluntary system of oversight for the newspaper and magazine industry in Ireland.