Wednesday 25 April 2018

RTE opens DkIT studio

Noel Curren, Director-General of RTE, speaking at the opening of the studio at DkIT.
Noel Curren, Director-General of RTE, speaking at the opening of the studio at DkIT.

A YEAR ago this week, RTÉ announced a new regional strategy which would see RTÉ regional operations around the country partner with Institutes of Technology, including the relocation of some of their offices and studios to IT campuses.

Tuesday night officially marked RTÉ's North East Regional Studio's new partnership and move onto the site of Dundalk's Institute of Technology.

Director General Noel Curran, Chairman of the RTÉ Board Tom Savage (a Louth native) and Managing Director of News and Current Affairs Kevin Bakhurst were joined by Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd, Peter Fitzpatrick TD, President of Dundalk Institute of Technology Denis Cummins and a number other guests in the new premises.

Regional operations such as RTÉ's are an important part of the Irish media landscape and are equally viewed as a key public service offering. There were however increasing challenges for RTÉ in providing these services, especially in the current financial climate.

An innovative idea was proposed that would see RTÉ's regional offices moving onto the impressive premises of the local Institute of Technology – saving a substantial amount in infrastructure costs – and in return building a new content and training partnership with the IT. This initiative is also key in RTÉ's stated policy of seeking new external partnerships.

RTÉ are currently working on creating partnerships with other ITs in Galway, Sligo, Waterford and Athlone.

This summer the first of these moves began with RTÉ's North East Regional Studio and office taking root in its new home in DkIT. This successful move is now providing the model for the broadcaster's relocations in Waterford and Athlone which are on schedule to happen by the end of the year.

Across Ireland, the innovative spirit and energy of the ITs has enabled RTÉ to build new partnerships, to secure its regional bases, to explore and develop, to share expertise and know-how with students, courses and projects where it's helpful.

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