50 Women of Influence – Dee Forbes

Dee Forbes, RTÉ

Dee Forbes stepped into the role of Director General of RTÉ in 2016 and sport has been a central theme through her stewardship to date.

The loss of the rights to the Six Nations was seen by some as a hammer blow but while the loss was keenly felt RTÉ has knuckled down and won back ground in the ultra-competitive world of sports broadcast.

The appointment of Declan McBennett to replace Ryle Nugent on his departure in the summer has allowed a different approach when it comes to flexible programming.

Ireland’s strong summer of sport from Gymnastics to Hockey was all shown live and at exactly the right moments on the national broadcaster.

The FIFA World Cup was a major winner in the ratings and numbers were above expectation as well for the inaugural combined European Championships which came the way of RTÉ through the European Broadcasting Union.

RTÉ is still the go-to media that delivers the most eyeballs and the sharpest cut through.  Its combination of TV, Radio and online is attuned already to the different ways that new audiences are consuming content.

Exclusive radio rights and a long-term package of TV and digital rights with the GAA for another three years is underpinned by the ongoing partnership in terms of OTT streaming of games to overseas territories through the groundbreaking GAAGo. Even as the GAA begins to enter the world of social media broadcasting RTÉ under Forbes remains in pole position as its primary broadcast partner.

Forbes knows and understands the importance of sport.  She was a senior executive in Discovery when they signed a €1.3 Billion deal to bring Olympics coverage away from the European Broadcasting Union.  She is a passionate fan of Munster Rugby and has been involved on the commercial board for that organisation.

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Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and you can book one of the limited places available to join us by clicking below.

We will also be publishing this year’s Women of Influence list, together with other interviews and content relating to the cause of promoting Women in Sport in a commemorative booklet.

If you would like to highlight the work your organisation is doing in this area as part of this project CONTACT US TODAY, Quoting Women in Sport 2019 Partnership and let’s talk about the options that are available.

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