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RTÉ DG heads for Ofcom

RTÉ deputy director-general and managing director of news and current affairs Kevin Bakhurst is leaving the Irish broadcaster to take up a role at UK communications watchdog Ofcom.

He will depart RTÉ in October and become content group director at the media regulator in London.

Bakhurst joined RTÉ from the BBC in September 2012 to oversee its news and current affairs division and was appointed deputy director-general in early 2014.

Sharon White, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to appoint Kevin to run Ofcom’s content group. He brings significant editorial experience and leadership qualities, which will greatly benefit Ofcom.”

Bakhurst said: “Ofcom plays a vital role in ensuring that TV and radio meets the expectations of UK audiences. I’m joining Ofcom at an exciting time, as it prepares to take on wider regulatory duties for the BBC.”

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