***Statement issued by RTÉ on behalf of the RTÉ Board***
RTÉ Appoints Kevin Bakhurst as Next Director General
RTÉ has today announced the appointment of Kevin Bakhurst as the next Director General of RTÉ following an extensive and competitive recruitment process which was managed by the RTÉ Board. Kevin Bakhurst will replace Dee Forbes as Director General of RTÉ when her term comes to an end on 11th July this year.
Kevin Bakhurst was previously Managing Director of News & Current Affairs at RTÉ and Deputy Director General from September 2012 – October 2016. He was also a member of the RTÉ Executive throughout this period and served as acting Director General for a six-month period.
Commenting on his appointment, Kevin Bakhurst said: “I am honoured and delighted to take up the role of Director General. RTÉ plays a central role in Irish life and has brilliant people dedicated to delivering great and trusted content for audiences. RTÉ faces huge challenges and global competition, and I am confident we can deliver the ambitious change needed to remain valued and relevant to our audiences. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Prior to re-joining RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst was Group Director, Broadcasting and Online at Ofcom where he was a member of Ofcom Board. Kevin’s responsibilities included setting Broadcast Strategy and Policy for UK broadcasting regulation, creating and implementing the framework for regulating the BBC, enforcing and developing editorial standards for UK broadcasters and leading work on the future of UK Public Service Broadcasting which has led directly to new government legislation. He has led Ofcom’s work on the UK’s new Online Safety Policy and built a team of around 350 to deliver it, including a new data and technology team, and in the process shaping the overall transformation of Ofcom to take on the new duties.
Between 2006 and 2012, Kevin Bakhurst held a range of senior editorial positions at the BBC, including Controller, BBC News Channel and Deputy Head, BBC Newsroom from 2005. He was also a member of the BBC’s London 2012 Olympics Steering Committee.
As Director General of RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst will be required to take the organisation forward in a rapidly evolving media landscape, while ensuring RTÉ’s valued place in public life in Ireland.
RTÉ will confirm Kevin Bakhurst’s official start date as Director General of RTÉ in due course.
Commenting on the appointment of Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ Chairperson, Siún Ní Raghallaigh said: “I’m delighted to welcome today’s announcement of the appointment of Kevin Bakhurst as the new Director General of RTÉ. The appointment follows a competitive recruitment process, with Kevin as the unanimous choice of the RTÉ Board. Kevin brings an exceptional breadth of industry experience, great leadership skills and a passionate commitment to the development of public service broadcasting in all its forms. Kevin’s appointment comes at time of opportunity and change for RTÉ. With my fellow Board members, I look forward to working with Kevin in our shared commitment to a thriving and financially sustainable RTÉ.”
About the RTÉ Board
The RTÉ Board is independently appointed to oversee the operations of RTÉ.
The RTÉ Board consists of 12 members:
Six Board members are appointed on the nomination of the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media proposes four members to the Minister.
The Director General of RTÉ is an ex officio member.
One RTÉ staff member is appointed following election.
For a list of RTÉ Board Members and the dates of their terms visit https://about.rte.ie/inside-rte-2/rte-board/