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Managing Director Clare Duignan leaves RTÉ Radio

Clare Duignan has decided not to renew her contract at the broadcaster.

RTÉ RADIO’S MANAGING Director has decided not to renew her contract and leave the broadcaster.

Clare Duignan, who has been in the job for four years, said the move “is one of the hardest things” she has ever done.

Jim Jennings, current head of RTÉ Radio One, will take up an interim role as Managing Director for the entire radio group. A public competition for the post will be held in the coming months.

Duignan said she wants to pursue other opportunities available to her.

“It’s an exciting chance to move into the next chapter of my career and I look forward to contributing to new areas of work with the same energy and commitment which I have always brought to my various roles in RTÉ,” she said in a statement.

Director General Noel Curran paid tribute to Duignan, outlining her contribution to the industry.

“She has been a passionate advocate for the public service, and has placed the public service ethos at the heart of her services. We will particularly miss her deep understanding of audiences and their needs, and her expertise in strategic communications.”

He revealed that the decision to step down had been made “some time ago” but on his request she stayed to see through a number of projects and to “steer RTÉ Radio through some difficult periods”.

“She leaves RTÉ Radio not only with a stable audience base, but with a legacy of quality that places it among the best in the world,” concluded Curran.

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