Dungloe native Moya Doherty has been appointed as the new chair of the RTE Board.
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White today obtained Government approval for the appointment of seven new members of the RTE Board.
Moya Doherty, who has a long-spanning career in theatre, radio and television production, both in Ireland and internationally has already fronted a number of RTÉ arts, features and documentary programmes.
She is an executive producer, involved in a number of charity telethons, the Eurovision Song Contest and the televising of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held in Ireland in 2003. She was also the commissioning producer and creator of Riverdance for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994.
Speaking about her appointment Minister White said Ms Doherty is a “gifted, experienced and successful broadcaster, communicator and businesswoman with the highest reputation both in Ireland and abroad”.
I am delighted that she has agreed to take on the role of RTE Chair, particularly at this challenging time of change in broadcasting and emerging communications technologies.
Moya Doherty said she was honoured to be appointed to the Chair of the RTE Board.
“From modest beginnings as a young woman in the late 1970’s I joined RTE and through the past 35 years most of my professional life has been in communications and broadcasting in Ireland, the UK and the USA.”
She said the next few years will see RTE having to find structures capable of redefining the role of public service broadcasting in a media space transformed by social and digital technologies.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and privilege of working alongside all who are part of the RTE community, internal and external, to help to carve a strong identity for the future for the public service broadcaster,” she said.