INTERNATIONAL: Healy set to retire as RTE director of PA after 32 years

DUBLIN: RTE director of public affairs Kevin Healy is to retire

after 32 years with the company.



The broadcaster is now on the hunt for his replacement, with his

successor taking the new title of director of communications.



Healy, who will leave soon after his replacement is in post, says the

name change reflects greater emphasis on promoting RTE as a brand.



Next year the broadcaster is to launch three digital channels.



Joining RTE as a radio reporter at the age of 22, Healy also spent nine

years as director of radio programming before taking the public affairs

title four years ago.



He heads a team of 23, overseeing all PA, press office, PR, advertising

and marketing work.



Recent work by his team includes lobbying the Irish government over

plans to increase the TV licence fee.



He reports to director-general Bob Collins.



After he retires, Healy is looking to work as a public affairs

consultant.



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