Cork woman named as new head of RTÉ

Cork woman named as new head of RTE

The woman at the head of the Discovery Channel has today been given the top job in Irish media.

Dee Forbes will take up the role of Director General of RTÉ , which will be her first time working in Ireland since leaving for the UK in 1989.

She joined Discovery as Head of the UK/Ireland operation in 2010 and is currently President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe.

Ms Forbes said: “Although it was a tough professional decision to leave Discovery, the personal decision to return to Ireland and lead its biggest broadcaster, RTÉ, is an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Moya Doherty, Chair of the Board at RTÉ, said: “The appointment of Dee Forbes stands to mark a significant moment in the development of RTÉ.

Not only is this the first Director General in almost 50 years to be appointed externally, but she will also be the first female to hold the role.

“RTÉ is at a pivotal moment, one where the future shape and financing of public service broadcasting is being re-imagined.

“I am delighted to have someone with such a breadth of industry experience, such a creative and visionary understanding of the global broadcasting market, and a proven management record,” said Ms Doherty.

Ms Forbes will be the first DG since the early ‘90s who does not come from a programme-making background, as she takes over from Noel Curran who is the current Director General.

Born in Drimoleague, Co Cork, where her parents ran the East End bar, Forbes went on to study in University College Dublin before moving to the UK.

Before joining Discovery, Ms Forbes led Turner Broadcasting’s business in the UK and Ireland, which consisted of seven entertainment channels, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM.

She spent several years working at Turner in a variety of commercial roles including General Manager for the Nordic/Central and Eastern Europe and EMA regions and Head of Advertising Sales for Europe.

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