It was earlier today announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that the Irish journalist and media executive Noel Curran is now taking up the demanding role of the union’s Director General. Noel Curran, who had been appointed the position since May, becomes the successor of the Dutch-Swiss manager Ingrid Deltenre, who had been at the helm since 2010.
Being in a very responsible position
The 52-year old man has previously served as Director General for the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ. As a Director General, Curran showed that his position was worth it, as he managed to successfully refine the broadcaster during the hard economic recession that the country was facing. Furthermore, he has also managed to receive awards for his investigative journalism.
Noel Curran has been also involved in several television projects, one of the most important being his participation in the production of the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 in Dublin, Ireland.
Taking up his new duties, he stated:
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.
The new EBU Director General is married to a former Eurovision winner; his spouse is the most recent Irish Eurovision winner, Eimear Quinn, who won the contest in Oslo in 1996 with her entry The voice. The couple have two daughters.