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RTÉ acquisitions chief takes interim MD post

RTÉ’s director of production and acquisitions, Dermot Horan, has become interim managing director of television at the Irish pubcaster after the exit of two senior executives.

dermot_horan_1Former RTÉ Television MD Glen Killane recently moved to become MD of eir TV and eirSport, while RTE2 controller Bill Malone was yesterday named as the new director of programming at commercial broadcaster TV3.

Adrian Lynch has been appointed to replace Malone interim channel controller of RTÉ2, in addition to his post as head of RTÉ One.

Horan (pictured) is a well-known face on the international market, having helmed RTÉ’s global acquisitions for a concerted period of time. He had been director of production and acquisitions for both RTÉ One and RTÉ2 since 2014, but will now lead key international contract negotiations.

The appointments take effect this morning after new RTÉ director general Dee Forbes made the announcements.

Forbes joined the pubcaster from Discovery Networks Northern Europe, where she was president and MD. She replaced the outgoing Noel Curran, who exited after five years as DG in April.