RTE boss Malone linked with top position at TV3
TV3 has sparked speculation that it may have poached Bill Malone from RTE as its new Director of Content.
One of the national broadcaster's most experienced executives, Malone is currently Channel Controller for RTE2, a role he's had for the past three years.
However, the Herald can reveal a move could be on the cards after he was linked with Lynda McQuaid's former job.
The role would propel him into overseeing all the programme decisions for TV3 and its new addition to the group, UTV Ireland.
"This could be a big move, as there's massive investment going into TV3 from Virgin Media," said a source.
"He has so much experience and he would be bringing all that talent and background knowledge to TV3. He would be a huge asset for the organisation."
A former Commissioning Editor, Malone has been behind some successes for RTE2, including the decision to commission the popular First Dates Ireland series and the Voice of Ireland.
During his lengthy tenure there, he has also worked on some of its flagship shows, including the Saturday Night Show and Mrs Brown's Boys.
An award-winning documentary maker, the 46-year-old Waterford native previously produced the Late Late Show and also worked on Prime Time.
He was appointed Channel Controller for RTE2 in March 2013.
At the time, RTE's former TV MD Glen Killane said he had "an innate understanding of Irish audiences and a proven track record in delivering high-quality public service programming across a wide range of genres."
Both RTE and TV3 have declined to comment.