The CEO of television production company ShinAwil Larry Bass has stepped down from the board of RTÉ.

In a statement, the Chair of the RTÉ board, Moya Doherty, said she has been notified of Mr Bass' decision to step down from the board and that "he has furnished his resignation to Minister Catherine Martin".

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry for his commitment, and for his ongoing significant contribution to the creative industries in Ireland, and to the independent production sector in particular," said Ms Doherty.

In a statement, Mr Bass said he tendered his resignation to Minister Martin on Friday 17 September following his attendance at his first RTÉ board meeting on Thursday.

Mr Bass said: "In the interests of my business and that of RTÉ I decided to resign. I have tendered my resignation to the minister."

ShinAwiL has produced television programmes such as Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice, Dragons' Den and MasterChef Ireland.

Mr Bass told the Sunday Times last weekend that his appointment seemed to "upset a number of people" on the board.

He also said he stepped out of a board meeting last week when a ShinAwil issue was being discussed.

"There seems to be concerns about conflicts of interest. That can be dealt with by very strict protocols, but that is not good enough for some people in RTÉ," he told the newspaper.