Following a rigorous recruitment process overseen by its Board, RTE has today appointed Dee Forbes as Director-General. This appointment is subject to the Government’s consent under Section 89 of the Broadcasting Act 2009.
Ms Forbes is currently president and managing director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe, and will leave the role to become Director General of Ireland’s National Public Service Media.
Having joined Discovery in 2010 as Head of the UK/Ireland operation, Ms Forbes progressively grew her responsibilities to eventually lead the Northern Europe region, which also includes Benelux and the Nordic countries, and has a wide mix of channels, both free to air and subscription.
Ms Forbes will assume her new role later this year after a transition period.
Dee Forbes appointed next director general of RTÉ (Irish Times)
RTE appoints Dee Forbes as new Director General (RTE)
She doesn’t look more than 80. How will she fit in?
and an external appointment too…there’s some real anger inside RTE this evening. lovely to see.
Those pursed lips. The Discovery TV show Deadliest Catch just came to mind.
Put Tubs, Miriam, Daithi & BO’Connor out on the Bering Sea and they can double the license fee
Only two comments in to slag off her looks, must be a Broadsheet record.
What’s wrong with commenting on how a person chooses to present themselves to the world, it reveals a lot about the character. I’d take a sissors to that mutton hair for starters.
Strangely, it’s an automatic response to a woman, but not the first choice of response to a man.
That’s because most of the people commenting on here are middle aged men.
Mutton is the RTE look though.
True. Herself and Miriam can be besties.
Eileen Dunne, Shar pei-like in fairness.
Ah Discovery, a channel that used to be interesting, informative and educational. Now nor so much.
A bit like RTÉ so.
But was it honest – and are people required to pay a Brainwash Tax to keep it going?
I’ll try to buck the hyper-critical trend and suggest tat she seems to be very well qualified and it is good to see a little a female in such a senior and influential position
thanks for saying tat
doesn’t sound too promising does it? but shes a woman so that makes it OK.
Is the headline used so the reader will end the phrase with “box”?
Poor form. Bodger.
Up da Dubs!
Ahhhh right. Fair enough.
A play on DG (Director General) perhaps?
Strange name Dee.
What’s it short for?
Dee for Director-General
(Though wannabes…no-one in ARRSheeEee actually from D4)
Not Dee Nine O’Clock News.
Brainwash tax. Perfect name for rte
Great stuff, a woman and someone with actual experience of the real world.
Hopefully she will be able to cease the animal abuse which appears to be a recurrent theme on the Late Late now. She may be even able to replace Turbity with someone who has an actual personality.
Lambs lambing last night…awful stuff…so a jumped up comedian could get his kicks & snigger about smells & goo.
So I wonder can she return the quality and games to rte sport or is it destined to be broadcast on other channels from now on?
Let’s hope she can fix the fupping Player for the Euros.
WE STILL HAVE THE ANGELUS ON OUR TELE EVERY DAAAAYYYY. THE NATIONAL BROADCASTER SHOWS THE ANGELUS EVERY DAY! THINK ABOUT IT! SORT IT OUT DEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Yeah, the important stuff…. pffft. The rambling intolerance of the intollerant. Will you be banning Mass next? :(
There’s a lot to be said for another Mass!
I wouldn’t call it a ban, it’s just not relevant to a lot of people and quite a strange thing to broadcast every day. A lot of vulnerable people have suffered at the hands of the church yet they’re still on a pedestal. They can stick it on demand if it means so much to you
She has her work cut with out…she’s taking a step back by taking over such a dysfunctional and inert organisation. This is, after all, a broadcaster that still shows the Angelus, has two dreadful chat-shows on every weekend and reeks of who-you-know nepotism. A lot to do.
Bring back Quicksilver.
Stop the lights!
Who else applied and was intervieved for the position.
Good question. Are they obligated to tell, though? Through FOI or something?
Jodie Marsh and Jordan. Marshy was offered the job but turned it down.
Excellent work Scooperman! This is the quality investigative journalism that RTE are sadly lacking in :D
First time someone external has been appointed in 50 years? Says it all really. Good luck to her. She will need it. What about a whip round to buy her an electric cattle prod?
They haven’t had anything decent on since The Beachcombers: http://youtu.be/ENMOwXwRTZU
The Indo are really pissed off that one of the Redacted applicants didn’t get the job. They are seething. You should read their ‘article’ on it.