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23/07/2010

Director-General Of RTÉ Steps Down

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Following a meeting yesterday the Board of RTÉ announced that it will shortly begin the process to appoint a new Director-General of RTÉ.
The Board has accepted the decision of the Director-General, Cathal Goan, to step down from his position having served his full seven-year term.
Speaking after the meeting the Chair of the RTÉ Board, Tom Savage said: "It is with regret that we accept Cathal Goan's decision not to seek an extension to his seven-year term as Director-General of RTÉ. Throughout his seven years Cathal retained the sensibilities of a programme maker. Despite the obvious managerial responsibilities of the role, he always understood that programmes and the audience are what RTÉ is here for.
"Cathal has been Director-General during a period of enormous change. He led the reorganisation of RTÉ during a very difficult financial restructuring soon after taking office; he has been central to making RTÉ a true multimedia leader by investing in digital and online technologies; and his experience, care and leadership has been invaluable during the past 18 months as RTÉ had to adjust to a new and difficult economic environment. Cathal remains passionate about and has a unique understanding of the special role that RTÉ has in Irish cultural life.
"He has left an indelible mark not just on RTÉ, but as the only person to have run both of Ireland's public service broadcasters, on Irish public service broadcasting as a whole.
"On behalf of the Board and all the staff, I thank him for his exceptional service and wish him the very best in what I am sure will be an exciting and fulfilling future."
The RTÉ Board will advertise for the position of Director-General within the next few weeks. Cathal Goan has agreed to stay in place until the process to select his successor is completed.
(BMcN/KMcA)
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