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John McCann, Chief Executive of UTV Media plc.
John McCann, Chief Executive of UTV Media plc.
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Five top execs ditch TV3 for new UTV Ireland

UTV Ireland, which is set to start broadcasting in early 2015, said recruitment is going exceptionally well.
May 13th 2014, 8:17 AM 14,339 26

FIVE OF TV3′s top executives are leaving the broadcaster to join the new UTV Ireland in senior executive positions.

UTV Ireland is set to start broadcasting early next year.

Yesterday it announced a number of appointments which include Daragh Byrne, currently TV3 Director of Sales, as Commercial Director and Joanne King as Direct Sales Manager, having held the same position for TV3 in Setanta Sports.

Paula McCarthy will be the Head of Sponsorship and Promotions, Daragh O’Halloran will be Head of Research for the station and David Townend will fill the role of Head of UK Sales. All three worked in similar positions in TV3.

Of the four other appointments announced yesterday, three of the executives have also worked in TV3 at some point in their careers.

Speaking about the announcement yesterday, John McCann, Chief Executive of UTV Media, said he was delighted to welcome such highly experiences and talented broadcasting individuals to the station.

He said recruitment is going “exceptionally well” and further appointments will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

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