Curran takes over top RTE job

CARRICKMACROSS man Noel Curran has replaced Cathal Goan as the Director-General of RTÉ.

CARRICKMACROSS man Noel Curran has replaced Cathal Goan as the Director-General of RTÉ.

Mr Curran started in the post on Tuesday, February 1, less than three months after the RTÉ Board announced his appointment to the top job in RTÉ.

When the announcement was made in November last, Mr Curran said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Director-General. RTÉ has a unique role and a unique responsibility in Irish life.

“It also has a unique relationship with its audience. Whatever challenges lie ahead, I hope to see that bond strengthened.”

A spokesperson for Mr Curran told The Dundalk Democrat that “he is going to complete a first phase in the job before beginning any press activity”.

The 37-year-old executive faces a difficult year ahead as management is looking to extend the paycuts that were made in 2009.

RTÉ staff were told in a public meeting last month that the company cannot afford to reverse the pay cuts which were made in 2009.

The staff were addressed by former RTÉ director general Cathal Goan who said that management was looking to extend the cuts because of changes in the last Budget and RTÉ’s commitment to the rollout of digital terrestrial television (DTT) which will cost e70 million.

The appointment of Mr Curran, an award-winning journalist, was made with the consent of the Government and the Minister for Communications. The vacancy was announced in July last with acceptance by the Board of the decision of the outgoing Director-General, Cathal Goan, to step down from his position.