George Dixon was Controller of Channel Management at Channel 4 since 2011, where he provided strategic leadership of the C4 portfolio overseeing scheduling, commissioning strategy and acquisitions across four broadcast channels (Channel 4, E4, More4 and Film4) and for Channel 4's digital services and interactive media.
Previous to that, George was Head of Scheduling at BBC Vision for five years, leading the channel management team responsible for BBC ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, Daytime and HD. With specific responsibility for the scheduling strategy for BBC ONE, he was instrumental to the strategy that saw BBC ONE overtake ITV1 as the UK's most popular peak-time channel for the first time in its history.
"The new season on RTÉ One builds on our reputation for delivering quality programmes for every viewer through an unrivalled range of genres. Home-produced drama features prominently, lead by the critically acclaimed hit Love Hate along with the much anticipated four-part drama Amber plus Gabriel Byrne takes the title role in Quirke. Meanwhile, Fair City has some explosive storylines as the soap gears up for its 25th anniversary year. Our investment in Irish drama is something that I'm keen to continue into 2014 and beyond – it's a genre that sets RTÉ One apart.
RTÉ One has a strong factual slate in the new season, from powerful single documentaries to series that reflect contemporary Ireland. RTÉ One will continue to bring mainstream audiences to the highest-quality documentary, history, arts, news and current affairs. Our commitment to factual programming means that these genres play in the heart of the schedule. Forthcoming highlights include The Summit, a landmark documentary that tells the dramatic story of a group of climbers as they attempt to scale K2. As part of a major RTÉ season to mark the 100th anniversary of The Lockout, we follow families as they trace their ancestor's roles in a pivotal moment in Ireland's history. Every week Prime Time acts as a lynchpin in the RTÉ One schedule and will continue to set the news agenda.
The channel will showcase ambitious entertainment and engaging comedy that appeals to big family audiences. The Late Late Show and The Voice both return by popular demand whilst we start the search for Ireland's Fittest Family. The phenomenally successful Mrs Browns' Boys makes a welcome return as does Irish Pictorial Weekly.
I'm confident that there will be something for every viewer this season on RTÉ One. As RTÉ One evolves I will be focussing on ensuring we continue to stay relevant to all our audiences with programmes that enrich, entertain and surprise."
George Dixon, Channel Controller, RTÉ One
Bill Malone has been Commissioning Editor for Entertainment in RTÉ Television for the past two years, managing a slate of in-house and commissioned programmes including some of RTÉ One's most successful and high-profile programmes such as The Late Late Show, The Saturday Night Show, The Voice of Ireland, Mrs Brown's Boys, Irish Pictorial Weekly and Hector Goes.... He has won national and international awards for documentary making and Young Peoples Programmes and has also worked in Current Affairs as a producer with Prime Time.
"RTÉ TWO aims to bring younger audiences - specifically under 35s - to high quality public service broadcasting through a mixed genre schedule featuring the best of Irish, entertainment and factual programming, unrivalled sports coverage and first to air for top international series, while supporting new and emerging talent.
RTÉ's portfolio of services is vast with RTÉ TWO a core proposition for the under 35s in Ireland and a place to champion rising stars, new comedy, new music, new formats and new ideas.
It is the home of brave comedy that you won't find anywhere else, along with documentaries and factual entertainment programmes which challenge, provoke and reflect contemporary Ireland, from the ever entertaining Don't Tell The Bride to the arresting Reality Bites documentary series.
Programmes such as RTÉ TWO's the Republic of Telly have a key role in nurturing and supporting new Irish talent and brought comic acts such as The Rubberbandits and Damo & Ivor to television viewers for the first time. The Rubberbandit's Horse Outside video, made for the Republic of Telly, has gone on to have over 10.5 million hits on YouTube, while Damo & Ivor feature in the new season with a six part scripted comedy series.
A key role of RTÉ TWO and of public service media is to nurture and support and provide opportunity for new homegrown talent and this is ever present in our schedule from the RTÉ TWO New Irish Comedy Awards to the highly regarded music series Other Voices.
Going forward RTÉ TWO will strengthen its commitment to authentic, youthful Irish voices, content and talent with contemporary Irish life reflected in our factual entertainment series, documentaries and entertainment programmes.
Serving the public is key to RTÉ TWO's identity whether it is uniting the nation with our free-to-air sports coverage, our home produced children's programming or our unstinting support for emerging home-grown stars."
Bill Malone, Channel Controller, RTÉ Two
When 14-year-old Amber fails to return home one evening, the lives of her friends and family are turned upside down. In this fascinating 4 part drama, each episode plays with the chronology of events and focuses on the perspective of one individual connected to the case as first Amber's family, then friends, then complete strangers become drawn into the quest to find out what happened.
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Dublin gang boss Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) has been blooded and has proved his mettle. He killed his predecessor John Boy and his brother-in-arms Darren. He has shown he has the necessary ruthlessness to get to the top. He has killed friend and foe to become King. But the throne is a dark and lonely place.
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Based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville), Quirke is an atmospheric thriller set in 1950s Dublin.
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Sundance Award-winner The Summit is a feature-length documentary about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. In August 2008, 22 international climbers converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished into thin air.
At the heart of The Summit lies a mystery about one extraordinary man, Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to summit K2. Ger was faced with a heart-breaking dilemma: three climbers tangled up in ropes and running out of time. Had Ger McDonnell stuck to the climbers' code, he might still be alive. The Summit is about the very nature of modern adventure. Those who survive carry with them a commodity to sell: their story.
Audiences were stunned when Declan was tragically killed in the season finale. The biggest revelation came from Emily as she admitted to Jack that she is the real Amanda Clarke but how will he accept her confession? This season Charlotte should be two-thirds of the way through her pregnancy, Nolan is likely still behind bars, Emily is plotting more payback and as one character makes their exit it won't be long before the door swings the other way...
Filmed in Ireland, Vikings transports us to the vicious and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore the distant shores. His determination puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the poverty-stricken east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of audacious ships, capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
This brand new series documents the lives of identical twin brothers Damo and Ivor who were separated not long after birth. Damo, raised by his maternal Grandmother, Grano, is left to grow up on the mean streets of Dublin, while Ivor is given a life of wealth and luxury by parents who shower their son with money and little else. This is a larger than life story about their discovery that they are in fact twins and what's worse - each twin is everything the other has always despised.
The hugely popular series Don't Tell the Bride is back as eight new couples from across the country prepare to take their trip down the aisle. With only €10,000 in their pockets and an unwitting groomsman by their side, our grooms have only three weeks to make their brides' dreams come true and create a day to remember – no pressure so!
Katherine Lynch stars in The Centre which follows six weeks in the life of St Bartholomew's Community Centre. Centre Manager, Teresa Mannion, prepares for the annual Strollinstown Community Week Programme whilst also struggling to supervise a gaggle of oddball CE Schemers and Back -To-Workers.
The Savage Eye returns for it's fourth season with some familiar faces and six new topics to explore! This season, we break the mould and travel to faraway lands giving the unsuspecting citizens of Hong Kong, Kenya, India and the USA the Savage treatment.
Oi GINGER! explores one of Ireland's most distinctive and best-known features: our red hair. Angela Scanlon explores the world of redheads from the inside. Is it true that men are frightened by red-haired women? Is it possible not to love a ginger baby? Angela will answer these questions and more in Oi, GINGER!.
Nightshift documents a night in the life of those who are only starting their day's work as we lie tucked up in bed. From paramedics to sex webcam workers, we see the extraordinary people and the jobs they do in order to keep Ireland ticking away while most of us are sleeping.
Vogue Williams examines the huge impact Home & Away has had on generations of Irish 20 to 40-somethings as the show celebrates 25 years at the top of RTÉ Two's ratings. Vogue hustles show producers, takes acting classes and tries to land an audition and ultimately a part, whilst investigating how and why an Aussie soap remains one of the most successful shows on Irish TV.
The Republic of Ireland soccer team will continue their quest to make next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil with four crucial qualifiers in Autumn. At home they'll take on Sweden and Kazakhstan in the Aviva Stadium, while away they'll face Austria and Germany. All four games will be LIVE on RTÉ Television Sport.