Former RTÉ chief to head up Eurovision operator

The European Broadcasting Union has 73 members in 56 European countries

Former RTÉ chief to head up Eurovision operator

Image: Thomas Hanses

Former director-general of RTÉ Noel Curran is to become the head of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

He will succeed Ingrid Deltenre as director-general at the beginning of September.

The EBU is an alliance of public service media with 73 members in 56 countries in Europe, including RTÉ.

It also has an additional 33 associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.

The EBU operates, among other things, the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 2017 contest is to be held in Portugal, after the country won for the first time earlier this month with 758 points.

Noel Curran | Image supplied to Newstalk.com

The EBU has offices in Brussels, Rome, Dubai, Moscow, New York, Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Curran said: "The position of DG is a huge honour, and I will work with the membership to seize every opportunity and to move ahead with the changes necessary to secure the future of public service media."

He announced he was to resign as RTÉ director-general in 2015, having been appointed back in 2011.

At the time he said: "I feel the time is right to move on and take on new professional challenges".

Mr Curran is married to singer and former Eurovision Song Contest winner, Eimear Quinn.