Dee Forbes

Deirdre Anne "Dee" Forbes (born 1 February 1967) has been the Director-General of RTÉ since April 2016.[1][2] She is the first woman to hold the role, and the first external appointment in almost 50 years.[3] Prior to joining RTÉ, she was President & Managing Director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe.[4]

Dee Forbes
Director-General of RTÉ
Assumed office
10 April 2016
Preceded byNoel Curran
Personal details
Deirdre Anne Forbes

(1967-02-01) 1 February 1967
Drimoleague, Cork, Ireland
ResidenceDublin, Ireland
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
WebsiteOfficial Twitter

Personal life

Forbes comes from Drimoleague, County Cork, where her parents ran the East End bar.[5] Forbes attended national school in the village, before going to boarding school in Clonakilty. She then went on to study history and politics at University College Dublin.[6] Soon after graduating from UCD, she moved to the UK in 1989, beginning her career with advertising agency Young and Rubicam.[7]


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