The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has said appointments to the RTÉ board are guided by legislation and made by the Joint Oireachtas Committee who, she said, went through a very transparent process.

Minister Catherine Martin was reacting to the news that independent producer Larry Bass has stepped aside from his role as an RTÉ board member.

She confirmed she had received his resignation and accepted it.

The minister said the process for the nominations and appointments were made by the JOC and they stood over those.

She paid tribute to what she described as Mr Bass's "significant contribution" to independent production and entertainment and said the next step would be to go back to the JOC to look for a replacement.

Minister Martin also said that board meetings were a matter for the board and the chair and it would be inappropriate for her to comment further.

Mr Bass, CEO of television production company ShinAwil, said in a statement last night that he tendered his resignation to Minister Martin on Friday 17 September following his attendance at his first RTÉ board meeting on Thursday.