Ireland has secured a major role in the European Broadcasting Union with the appointment of Glen Killane as Deputy Director of Sport.
Killane is well known in Ireland having served as Head of Sport at RTÉ from 2004 to 2010, as Managing Director of RTÉ Television until 2016 and then as Managing Director of eir Sport and eir Television until the recent takeover of the business.
The EBU is an alliance of 73 public service broadcasters including RTÉ and the BBC and plays a key role in securing ‘free to air’ access for major events including in sport events including the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championships and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I’m very proud to be joining EBU Sport at such an exciting time,” said Killane.
“The World Cup in Russia is the most recent example of how public service media and sport are intertwined, delivering huge audiences free-to-air and a shared viewer experience that unites the nation.”
“The EBU plays a critical role in sustaining this so I am really excited to be part of its future.”
Killane will know the workings of the job having served as Vice Chair of the Sport Committee and President of the TV Committee. He will lead the implementation of the EBU’s new sport strategy, aimed at growing the already substantial portfolio and widening the scope of rights at a time of great change.
“It is with great warmth that we welcome Glen to the EBU, added Head of Sport at the EBU Stefan Kúrten.
“His wealth of experience in delivering innovative and positive change and building relationships with stakeholders across Europe, make him the ideal person to help build on our excellent reputation and drive us into the future, with our new strategy and new way of working.”
“Glen has a strong track record of pushing the boundaries and his experience will help drive our position on the market further.”