Tuesday 22 January 2019

Enniscorthy's Ian Kehoe appointed to RTÉ Board

Ian Kehoe
Ian Kehoe

Pádraig Byrne

Enniscorthy man Ian Kehoe has been appointed by the government to the board of RTÉ for a five year term. The move was overseen by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, in one of his last tasks before he sensationally resigned from his position amid controversy over the national broadband plan. Speaking before his resignation, he said that he had sanctioned the move after a competitive selection process conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

'Ian Kehoe was selected due to his significant professional experience in public service media and the creative industries,' the outgoing Minister said. 'I am confident that Mr Kehoe will greatly add to the expertise available to the board as it continues to meet its obligations at a challenging time in broadcasting and emerging communications technologies.'

A former editor of The Sunday Business Post, having been appointed at the relatively young age of 34 back in 2014, Ian is a son of Peadar and Carmel Kehoe and past pupil of Enniscorthy CBS. Ian studied journalism at Dublin City University having finished school in his home town and previously worked as a reporter on RTÉ's 'Primetime' before climbing the ranks at The Sunday Business Post from reporter to deputy editor and eventually being appointed editor in 2014. He served for four years as editor there before announcing he would be stepping down in June of this year. His new appointment does not preclude him from contributing to RTÉ programmes or other journalistic ventures.

Ian's appointment comes at what is a difficult juncture as RTÉ faces a financial crunch after the government ruled out an increase in the licence fee. RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes has said the licence fee should be doubled, but Minister Naughten had refused.

Enniscorthy Guardian