Former RTÉ director-general Noel Curran is to lead the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the alliance of public service media organisations.

 According to EBU statement ,Mr Curran, who stepped down from his RTÉ role last year, succeeds Ingrid Deltenre as director-general of the EBU and will take up the position in September.

Noel Curran, former producer of the Late Late Show, his wife Eimear Quinn, who represented Ireland in the Eurovision in Norway and Jim McArt, Reaghstown artist, pictured at the art exhibition at Aclint community hall which they officially opened. Picture: Arthur Carron/Newsfile
Picture: Arthur Carron/Newsfile

Mr Curran referred to EBU as the representative of some of the finest media organisations, content-makers and journalists in the world.

He went on stating : “There is now, more than ever, a compelling case for what public service media does, and what the members of the European Broadcasting Union do, day in, day out.” and continued on saying “i will work with it members  to move ahead with the changes necessary to secure the future of public service media” and serve its audiences’ needs”.

On the other hand EBU president Jean-Paul Philippot said : “We are delighted to welcome Noel Curran as the new director-general of the EBU. Noel was the candidate of choice in what was an extremely strong list of candidates. He impressed us with his sound public-service values, his operational experience and his understanding of the public-service media ecosystem within today’s rapidly-evolving media environment”

Mr Curran is familiar to the Eurovision family, since he was the former managing director of RTÉ Television and was the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest when it was held in Dublin in 1997. He is married to singer Eimear Quinn, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland in 1996 with her entry The Voice , which was the 7th and last win for Ireland in the contest.

Lets remember Eimear’s winning performance back in 1996 with the video below: