RTÉ has announced that Steve Carson has been appointed as the new Director of Programmes, RTÉ Television.

An award-winning independent programme maker and producer, Carson's credits include 'Bertie', 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Haughey', 'Surgeons', 'Our Lady's', 'Fine Gael: A Family at War' and 'Unit 8'.

Commenting on his appointment, Carson said: "RTÉ is Ireland's largest creative organisation, and I'm privileged to have the opportunity to lead our programme makers in continuing to deliver the full range of home-produced, high-quality material for our audience."

Noel Curran, Managing Director, RTÉ Television said: "Steve Carson's track record as a creative programme-maker and team leader speaks for itself. He has worked for RTÉ and in the independent television production sector. He has delivered landmark programming of the highest quality over the past decade.

"At this particular time, perhaps more than ever, it is very important that RTÉ continues to emphasise what makes us different to our competitors. Steve has a huge commitment to public service broadcasting and has demonstrated that he understands what Irish audiences require of the national broadcaster."