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Minister Rabbitte appoints Séamus Martin to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Dublin, 29th January 2014

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has announced the appointment of Mr Séamus Martin to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) on an interim basis, following the recent resignation of Mr John Waters.

Established by the Broadcasting Act 2009 to regulate content across the broadcasting sector, the BAI has a range of general and specific objectives, which aim to ensure Irish audiences can enjoy high quality and innovative indigenous broadcasting content.

Commenting on the appointment, Minister Rabbitte stated that the Government is delighted to be able to appoint a candidate of the calibre of Mr Martin, who will bring a wealth of journalistic experience and expertise to the role.

The Minister also expressed his sincere thanks to Mr Waters for his valuable contribution, having first joined the Board of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland in 2003, in addition to having served on the Authority since its inception.

Note to Editors:

Séamus Martin - Biographical Details:

Print Journalism

  • Sports Reporter Irish Press Group 1959-1967
  • Sports Independent Newspapers 1967-1980
  • Sports Editor Sunday Tribune 1980-1982
  • Irish Times 1983-2002 (Features Editor, Columnist, Editor of the Irish Times Electronic Publications, Moscow Correspondent, South Africa Correspondent and International Editor.)


  • Winner of Gold Award 2012 at New York Festivals World Best Radio Programmes for ‘Death of an Empire’ five part series on Russia.
  • Consultant and researcher for various radio and TV programmes.

Trade Union Involvement

  • FOC NUJ Irish Times
  • Cathaoirleach NUJ Irish Council
  • Member NUJ National Executive (London)


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