New RTÉ Chair and Board Members

Today I obtained Government approval for the appointment of seven new members of the RTÉ Board.

On my nomination, Moya Doherty was appointed as Chair to serve alongside four newly appointed Ministerial nominees; Frank Hannigan, Deborah Kelleher, PJ Mathews, Anne O’Leary. Mr Fergus Armstrong was also reappointed to the Board.  In addition, the recently elected RTÉ staff representative, Mr Aengus Mac Grianna, was appointed by Government. RTÉ director-general Noel Curran is also a member of the Board. Four existing board members, nominated by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, remain in place until their terms expire in February 2015.

The new Board members are people of high calibre who had been selected because they had substantial experience, or had shown capacity, under one or more of the required criteria set out in Section 82(1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009. I am confident that the new Board would steer RTÉ to greater financial stability and ever closer to its stated objective of becoming a public service multimedia organisation.

“Moya Doherty is a gifted, experienced and successful broadcaster, communicator and businesswoman with the highest reputation both in Ireland and abroad. I am delighted that she has agreed to take on the role of RTÉ Chair, particularly at this challenging time of change in broadcasting and emerging communications technologies.”

I take this opportunity to express his gratitude to the Chair and outgoing members of the RTÉ Board for the work done under the term of their stewardship.