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Noel Curran Welcomed as New EBU Director General

The EBU have welcomed Noel Curran as the new Director General, replacing Ingrid Deltenre.

Noel Curran has replaced Ingrid Deltenre as Director General of the EBU. Ingrid has stepped down from the position after eight years, stating that she wants to focus on her Board responsibilities at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Givaudan and Deutsche Post/DHL. Noel Curran is the former Director General of Irish broadcaster RTÉ, and is husband to Eurovision 1996 winner Eimear Quinn. Through his work as Director General, he successfully repositioned RTÉ as a robust digital media organisation, as well as restructuring the broadcaster in the wake of financial crisis, the EBU reports.

Noel has worked on a vast range of television events, including the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, in which he was the Executive Producer. Not only that, but he has won awards for his work in journalism and production. He will bring his years of experience in public service media (PSM) with him to his new role.

Upon his new position, Noel has said:

“I am delighted to be taking the helm of the world’s leading alliance of public service media. This is a challenging time for everyone working in PSM but, it is also an incredibly exciting time, with new technology presenting a slew of new opportunities and the role of public service broadcasters as trusted sources of news and information never being more important than it is today. For nearly 70 years, the EBU has been there to support PSM and champion the values we all hold in common.  I am honoured to continue this fine tradition and look forward to meeting as many Members as possible in the forthcoming months to harness their ideas and passion to drive our organization forward.”

When the news broke that Ingrid would be stepping down from the position, she said:

“It has been a privilege to lead the EBU over the last eight years. With Public Service Media across Europe under increasing pressure from political and economic forces, I believe the role of the EBU and its work in upholding the values of public service media has never been more critical. Thanks to the wonderful team at the EBU, the organisation continues to go from strength to strength – providing invaluable support and advice to Members; playing a key role in so many major sporting events and offering essential business services to customers across the globe.”

Source: EBU

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