Director-General of RTÉ

The Director-General is chief executive and editor-in-chief of public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). The current Director-General is Dee Forbes, [1] who replaced Noel Curran in the role in 2016.[2]

Appointment and role

The RTÉ Board appoints the Director-General of RTÉ who in effect fulfils the dual role of Chief Executive and of Editor in Chief. The Director-General heads the RTÉ Executive Board, which comprises the company's top management and includes the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Communications and the Managing Directors of the Television, Radio, and News divisions.[3] The Director-General reports to the Board and sits on it "in an ex officio capacity".[4] The current Director-General serves a term of five years (reduced from seven years) at which point he/she may ask for an extension.[5]

Director Generals

NameYears served
Edward J. Roth1960 1962
Kevin McCourt1962 1968
Thomas P. Hardiman1968 1975
Oliver Maloney1975 1978
George T. Waters1978 1985
Vincent Finn1985 1992
Joe Barry1992 1997
Bob Collins1997 2003[6]
Cathal Goan2003 2010
Noel Curran2011 2016[7]
Dee Forbes2016 [8]


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