Peter Feeney set to become next Press Ombudsman

Thursday 12 June 2014 23.27
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Peter Feeney will take up the role in September
Peter Feeney will take up the role in September
Professor John Horgan will be replaced by Peter Feeney when he retires in September
Professor John Horgan will be replaced by Peter Feeney when he retires in September

Former RTÉ editor and broadcast compliance officer Peter Feeney has been selected as the next Press Ombudsman.

He will replace Professor John Horgan when he retires on 1 September.

Press Council of Ireland Chairman Dáithí O'Ceallaigh said Mr Feeney had enjoyed a long and respected media career with a strong commitment to standards in journalism, news and current affairs.

He added: "Mr Feeney has considerable experience in the area of compliance and complaint handling and we look forward very much to working with him."

Mr Feeney has been an independent member of the Press Council of Ireland since October 2013.

He was RTÉ's Freedom of Information Officer from 2000.

Later, he became Head of Broadcast Compliance and managed RTÉ's processes in dealing with complaints to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

He was also responsible for the production of guidelines and training in programme standards.

From 1990 to 1997, he was Editor of Current Affairs Television in RTÉ.

Before joining RTÉ he lectured in politics in the University of Ulster.

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