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EBU names former Eir TV and RTÉ chief as deputy head of sport

Glen Killane

Public broadcasters organisation has named Glen Killane as deputy director of sport.

Killane was previously managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television in Ireland, where he was responsible for Eir’s IPTV platform and newly acquired sports channels.

He started his career at RTÉ Sport in 1996 and became deputy editor of sport in 2002, after two years of working for ITV Sport in London.

He was appointed RTÉ’s Head of Sport when in 2004 and spent six years in the role before becoming manager director of RTÉ Television, a position he held until 2016 when he moved to Eir.

At the EBU he will report to director of sport Stefan Kürten and will lead the implementation of the organisation’s new sport strategy.

Killane’s appointment is part of a wider strategic and structural reshaping of the EBU’s sport department which includes the appointment of Franck Choquard, formerly Eurovision Media Services head of products and marketing, as head of content and servicing, focusing on 360° content solutions for EBU sport properties.

“I’m very proud to be joining EBU Sport at such an exciting time. 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,” said Killane.

“It is with great warmth that we welcome Glen to the EBU. 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,” said Kürten.