Tuesday 19 March 2019

UTV raid TV3 staff as rivalry grows

The real TV wars have begun with UTV Ireland hiring five top executives from rival station TV3.

The new station, which will start broadcasting next January, has announced nine new senior recruits and five of them will leave top positions in TV3 to take up the posts.

Group CEO John McCann said: “These appointments highlight the wealth of talent and experience now available to UTV Ireland.”

Daragh Byrne, Joanne King, Paula McCarthy, David McMunn and Daragh O’Halloran are the five execs leaving Ballymount behind for UTV. They will take up their new positions before the end of the summer.

Mr Byrne has been appointed Commercial Director and he is currently Director of Sales at TV3. Ms King, who manages the TV3 sales portfolio at Setanta Sports, has been appointed Direct Sales Manager for UTV.

Ms McCarthy has been announced as UTV’s Head of Sponsorship and Promotions. She has held the position of Head of Branded Content within the TV3 group.

UTV’s Head of Legal and Compliance will be Mr McMunn. Prior to this appointment, he was an executive director of TV3 with responsibility for government, regulatory and legal affairs.

Mr O’Halloran is another recruit from TV3 and he has been appointed Head of Research and has held a similar position in TV3.

UTV’s CEO Mr McCann said the nine announcements are only the start of things for the station, stating, “recruitment is going exceptionally well and we plan to announce more appointments in the coming weeks and months”.


Meanwhile, TV3 continues its overhaul after recently announcing itself as Irish television rights holder for the next Rugby World Cup, as well as two new Saturday night shows.

Its latest move is a rebranding of its 15-year-old morning show,

“We will be 15 years on air this September so we are going to celebrate with a big party and I can’t wait,” Mr Hughes told the

Last month the station asked for a number of voluntary redundancies with a spokesperson saying, “considerable change,” was afoot.

TV3 and UTV aren’t the only stations making changes with RTE announcing, Aidan Lynch, as its new Channel Controller.

Mr Lynch, who has been managing director of production company Animo Television, for the past 11 years, was behind


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