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RTÉ Director General Noel Curran( top right) and former RTÉ chairman  Tom Savage and with Michael Noonan at Radio Centre last week

“It has been my privilege to lead RTÉ through a time of considerable challenge, change, upheaval and innovation – both internally and in the wider market,” he said.
“While many more challenges remain, I think the organisation is well placed to meet them. There is still a lot of work to be done before my departure in May.
“Through the considerable efforts of staff, management and independent producers the organisation is on a more stable footing.
“Most importantly, through all their combined talents, RTÉ continues to produce strong programming, continues to innovate, and has made the transition to a modern digital media organisation.”

Noel Curran confirming he will step down as director general of RTÉ in May.

Director-General of RTÉ to step down (RTÉ)

Previously: Chain Of Command

(RollingNews.ie)

25 thoughts on “Montrose Without Trace

  1. Anomanomanom

    Spend like the BBC, produce shows of crap quality, now and then you get a good show, and pay staff ridiculously high salaries because we’re all forces to keep them a float.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      You see, this is the problem….

      “produce shows of crap quality, now and then you get a good show”

      Some commenters tend to think that everything is and should be the next Game Of Thrones or a Panorama Special… but they’re not. For those that produce big shows, dramas, they have as many if not more flops than RTE, I’d guess.
      I’d hazard a guess there are more flops in the big TV stations / programme makers per hit than there is flops per hit in RTE. RTE make so few new dramas, one good hit a year would be a win in my book.

      Just a quick look at dramas, did you ever here of ‘The High Life’ or ‘K Street’ or ‘The Mind of the Married Man’ …all HBO flops, some didn’t even air, others lasting a few episodes…… they all make flops, and plenty of them.

      As for ‘spend like the BBC’ …well, two minutes searching available accounts online will tell you that’s total nonsense.

      I agree with you on the salaries point.

      1. Starina

        yeah but RTE’s crap is spectacularly crap. Quick example, the Irish version of Don’t Tell the Bride looks like it was filmed on someone’s phone.

        1. Anomanomanom

          Exactly. Rte apart from, maybe I’m biased to sport, their sport coverage is so much worse than British terrestrial tv. I mean our national sports are even done better by Sky now than rte. Although I prefer rte panels for the GAA.

          1. Cluster

            I think you are biased. I reckon sports is done poorly by the terrestrial UK channels – lightweight and packed with unfunny ‘banter’

      2. Anomanomanom

        Do you seriously think i meant £ for £ when I said spend like BBC. I think it’s fair to say most people would understand I meant the amount they spend, for the station Size, country size. And you hit show/flop show has no significant, none of those stations are a national station. If they do a bad job heads role. And why is it you seem to think every show must be game of thrones, I just said good, no need for world beaters. But why must people who have no tv provider, I know loads, still need a tv licence when they don’t watch or listen to RTE.

      3. Bobby

        A big difference is when other stations make a critically panned show, they drop it and try something else. Rte refuse to ever admitting they’re wrong and so keep throwing money at poo instead of given actual talent a chance.

        1. Cluster

          I do think RTE should do much better at allowing young talent a chance but RTE literally cannot afford to dump programmes the way HBO et al can.

  2. Eoin

    He’s done a great job of gate keeping at this highly biased government propaganda network. He’s right to go because the criticism of RTE is just beginning (same thing has been happening with the BBC as their pro-special interest bias has been revealed over the years).

  3. Jake38

    Who cares? The News will still be delivered by the Eileen Dunne robot from North Korea, de Late Late will continue to appeal to its core demographic of mid-1050s rural housewives, and the presumption that we all support the soft left view of the world that came to RTE directly from the UCD students union will continue to colour any kind of current affairs programme. And Marion Finucane will continue to wheeze her way through 500k of your licence fee annually.

  4. Oh Dear

    “I’ll burn the place down if they try to privatise Irish Water!”

    “I don’t like Tubridy so sell off RTE! Rabble-rabble-rabble Are My Taxes Paying for This?!”

    I’d say the intellectual gymnastics were impressive, but I doubt there’s much intellect going on.

  5. Truth in the News

    RTE is a lost cause and after last week with Noonan and Howlin it shows who
    is pulling the strings, it about time RTE and its DG admitted what they are at
    The best thing to do is appoint either Paul Murpy, Mick Wallace or Clare Daly
    the next DG……thats when there be the gasps and wheezes

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