Former Irish pubcaster RTÉ director general Noel Curran has been appointed as the new director general of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), a position he is expected to take up in September.
Curran was the managing director of RTÉ Television before becoming director general of RTÉ in 2010. During his time as director general, he restructured the national broadcaster in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and positioned it as a digital media organization.
Curran is also an award-winning investigative journalist and producer.
He succeeds Ingrid Deltenre, who has led the EBU since 2010. Deltenre decided to step down to focus her attention on her board responsibilities.
The EBU is an alliance of public service media encompassing 73 members in 56 countries in Europe, with an additional 34 associates in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Members operate almost 2,000 television and radio channels together with numerous online platforms. Combined, they reach audiences of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 120 languages.
Jean-Paul Philippot, president of the EBU (RTBF/BE), said of Curran’s appointment in a statement that “Noel was the candidate of choice in what was an extremely strong list of candidates. He impressed us with his sound public service values, his operational experience and his understanding of the public service media ecosystem within today’s rapidly evolving media environment.”