Dublin, 4 February
The Minister for
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, today confirmed
that the Government has approved the appointment of Mr Noel Curran as Director
General of RTÉ for a further four years.
Welcoming the decision to
reappoint Mr Curran, Minister Rabbitte noted that he has demonstrated great
leadership in his initial term, during which RTÉ has been operating in a very
difficult economic environment, facing increased competition and commercial
The Minister stated: ‘Noel
Curran’s performance has been of the highest standard. His reappointment and the
continuity within the organisation that this provides will be of great benefit
to both the organisation and its staff.’
In the course of his initial
three year tenure, Mr Curran has overseen a radical restructuring programme
within the organisation and, among other significant achievements, led the
organisation in the delivery of the new digital free-to-air service,
Note to Editors:
The Director General is the
most senior executive post in the RTÉ organisational structure. As well as being
the organisation's Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief, the Director
General represents RTÉ both nationally and internationally.
Noel Curran was appointed
Director General of RTÉ in November 2010 with effect from February 2011. He is a
native of Co. Monaghan and a graduate of Dublin City University. Noel's
experience in Irish media runs from the print industry to senior management
level in broadcasting, taking in high level and diverse production experience in
Current Affairs and Entertainment programmes in addition to work in the
independent production sector.
Noel Curran completed a BA in
Communications from Dublin City University before beginning work in the print
media as a business journalist. He was Deputy Editor with Business and Finance
before joining RTÉ in 1992. In RTÉ Noel worked as a reporter, producer and
editor in RTÉ Television.
He was executive producer of
the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1997 and served two terms as Editor of
Current Affairs in the News Division, where he established the Prime Time
Investigates programme strand. Noel Curran joined RTÉ's Executive as Managing
Director of Television in 2003.
In March 2010, Noel left RTÉ
to pursue private business interests. He has previously been a company director
in the independent production sector in Ireland.