How RTÉ Is Run
RTÉ Executive Board
The RTÉ Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day running of RTÉ and is chaired by the Director General.
The Board is made up of the Managing Directors of Television, Radio, News & Current Affairs, Chief Digital Officer, Corporate Development; the Chief Financial Officer,Group Commercial Director and Chief Technology Officer.
Noel Curran: Director General
Noel Curran was appointed Director General of RTÉ in November 2010 with effect from February 2011. He is a native of Co. Monaghan and a graduate of Dublin City University. Noel's experience in Irish media runs from the print industry to senior management level in broadcasting, taking in high level and diverse production experience in Current Affairs and Entertainment programmes in addition to work in the independent production sector.
Noel Curran completed a BA in Communications from Dublin City University before beginning work in the print media as a business journalist. He was Deputy Editor with Business and Finance before joining RTÉ in 1992. In RTÉ Noel worked as a reporter, producer and editor in RTÉ Television.
He was executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1997 and served two terms as Editor of Current Affairs in the News Division, where he established the Prime Time Investigates programme strand. Noel Curran joined RTÉ's Executive as Managing Director of Television in 2003.
In March 2010 Noel left RTÉ to pursue private business interests. He has previously been a company director in the independent production sector in Ireland.
Responsibilities and Duties: The Director General is the most senior executive post in the RTÉ organisational structure. As well as being the organisation's Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief the Director General represents RTÉ both nationally and internationally.
Breda O'Keeffe: Chief Financial Officer
Breda joined RTÉ in 2002 and in 2003 was appointed Finance Director of RTÉ Television. Breda has been a member of the Television IBD Board and Television Programme Strategy Group. She has negotiated key supplier, technology and talent contract and is also a key member of the sports rights negotiations team. A native of was Kilkenny, Breda studied at Waterford Institute of Technology and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant under Articles of Association with KPMG & Ernst & Young. Breda has held senior financial management roles in General Electric Capital Aviation, Jetphone Ltd, and was instrumental in the set-up of a number of start-up companies in Shannon including General Electrical Insurance Services and Halifax Insurance Ireland. Throughout this period Breda gained extensive experience in leading finance functions and teams, leading corporate acquisitions due diligence and related finances, integration planning and operational strategy.
Glen Killane: MD of Television
Glen Killane joined the RTÉ Executive Board as Managing Director of Television in May 2010.
Glen was born in Dublin and attended CUS and Trinity College before taking a Masters in Journalism at DCU. Glen first joined RTÉ Television in 1996 and has produced, edited and directed a wide range of programming since then.
From 1998 - 2000, he was Editor of Rugby, after which he took on the role of Editor of The Sunday Game. In 2001, he joined ITV's Sports Channel where he edited live football. In 2002 he re-joined RTÉ and edited international soccer and in 2003 he was Executive Producer for The Special Olympics World Games, the biggest sporting event of the year in Ireland.
Glen was appointed Head of Sport in RTÉ Television in 2004 where he was central to securing major rights contracts with the GAA, Champions League, FAI, Six Nations, Magners League and UEFA.
Jim Jennings: MD RTÉ Radio
Jim Jennings has worked in RTÉ for more than twenty years, most recently as Head of Radio 1. Before that he was Executive Producer of the Late Late Show.
In 2006 he oversaw a revamp of the hugely successful Rose of Tralee programme and edited the critically acclaimed Irish-language series Léargas.
Along with a proven grasp of entertainment, Jim has extensive current-affairs experience, as well as having worked as Executive Producer on special broadcast projects like the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2003, Election 2002, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Jim started his career in RTÉ Radio 1, where he worked as a researcher on The Pat Kenny Show, Today at Five, Saturday View, and Studio 10. Between 1983 and 1989 Jim worked on seven general elections, as well as over thirty party conferences, for Radio 1.
Kevin Bakhurst: Deputy Director General and Managing Director, RTÉ News & Current Affairs
Kevin Bakhurst took up his appointment as Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs on September 10th 2012. Kevin Bakhurst’s previous posts include Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom, overseeing BBC TV News, Radio News and the BBC News website. He also played a lead role in creating the BBC Multimedia newsroom and was involved in delivering the BBC News move to central London.
He was appointed Controller of the BBC News Channel in December 2005. Before that, during his time as Editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News between 2003 and 2005, the programme won several awards. In 2004, it received a BAFTA for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and a Royal Television Society Award for News Programme of the Year. The programme also won an RTS News Event award for its coverage of the Darfur crisis in 2004 and a second BAFTA in 2005 for coverage of the July 7 bombings in London.
Kevin worked on a number of major stories in the field for BBC News, including the 9/11 attack, the Inauguration of President Obama, many US Presidential elections, the Paris Concorde crash and the 1997 Hong Kong handover. He was also a member of the BBC’s London 2012 Olympics management team and on the BBC Director General’s leadership group. Kevin was born in Barnet in North London and went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s in Elstree and studied Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge.
Richard Waghorn: Chief Technology Officer
Richard Waghorn joined RTÉ in February 2012 as Chief Technology Officer(CTO). Prior to this role he had been CTO with the South African Broadcasting Corporation and was responsible for leading the broadcaster's migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television.Richard completed an MBA at Henley Management College in Reading, England, and holds a First Class honours degree in Public Media and Geography from the University of Leeds. Before moving to SAFC he spent over 10 years with the BBC as Controller of Distribution. Here he led the preparations for the UK's digital switchover, as well as serving as the project manager for the launch of Freeview, the UK's successful Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform. He was also a board director of Freesat, the free-to-air satellite television platform, from its inception in 2008.
Brian Dalton: MD Corporate Development
Brian joined RTÉ as Managing Director Corporate Development in March 2009. Prior to joining RTÉ Brian held senior director positions in both Operations and HR functions. He has worked primarily in Multinational companies such as GE, Intel, Becton Dickinson and more recently in Financial Services primarily relating to change management in the context of mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Master’s in Management from Trinity College Dublin.
Múirne Laffan: Chief Digital Officer
Responsible for leading RTÉ’s overall digital strategy, her remit is to bring high-quality content and services to Irish and international audiences across a broad range of platforms, devices and markets.
Other key responsibilities include meeting the needs of audiences now and in the future through innovation, technology, engagement with social media, and playing an active role within the Digital Economy. In addition, a key focus for RTÉ Digital under Múirne’s leadership is the development of partnerships with industry-leading companies and organisations, in the areas of technology, design, device manufacture and content provision.
Múirne is a graduate of the College of Marketing at Dublin Institute of Technology. She played a pivotal role in the set-up of McCann Interactive in 1994 in their New York office, whose objective was to drive interactive and worldwide web activity for McCann's US based clients. As SVP, and Director of Worldwide clients, she was a member of the leadership team that created Universal McCann.
In 2001, she joined RTÉ, first as General Manager of RTÉ Commercial Enterprises and then as Executive Director of the newly formed RTÉ Publishing. Múirne led the team which innovated and created a successful portfolio of digital brands and was instrumental in growing the most trafficked website in Ireland, www.rte.ie and the nation’s most popular catch-up and on-line service, RTÉ Player.
As head of RTÉ’s Digital division, she continues to be responsible for the strategic development of a stable of industry-leading digital platforms and services such as RTÉ.ie, RTÉ Player and RTÉ News Now. Also under her stewardship, RTÉ’s vast archives – a natural resource and hugely valuable asset to the public in Ireland and abroad - have been consolidated and public access will be prioritised through digital means.
Willie O'Reilly: Group Commercial Director
Willie O'Reilly took up the newly created post of Group Commercial Director with RTÉ in January 2012. He has overall responsibility for the planning and development of commercial strategy and leads all of the divisional and cross-divisional Commercial staff and operations at RTÉ.
Willie was Chief Executive of Today FM from 1999 until 2011. During his time as CEO he was responsible for delivering increases in audiences and revenue while establishing Today FM as a strong brand within the Irish media landscape. He has worked in broadcasting for almost 30 years both in the private sector and in RTÉ, where he was Executive producer of The Gerry Ryan Show for a ten-year period.
As a former president of the Institute of Directors in Ireland he played a lead role establishing the institute as a leader in director education. He was also Chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) from March 2008 to May 2010.