Cathal Goan, Director-General of RTÉ, will today receive the honorary degree of DLitt (Doctor of Letters) in recognition of his services to Irish language broadcasting and the media industry in Ireland.

Also receiving honorary degrees at today's graduation ceremony in the University of Ulster are South African anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, novelist Martin Amis, Irish singer-songwriter Enya and folk musician Tommy Makem.

A Belfast native, Goan joined RTÉ in 1979, initially working with RTÉ Radio as a producer and senior producer.

He moved to RTÉ Television in 1988, starting in Current Affairs before being appointed Editor of 'Cúrsaí', the Irish language current affairs and arts programme; in 1990 he was appointed Editor, Irish Language Programming.

Cathal was appointed Ceannasaí of Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG and TG4) in August 1994 and oversaw the establishment of the channel, Ireland's third national television service.

He was appointed Director of RTÉ Television and a member of the RTÉ Executive Board in March 2000.