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Mary Curtis Announced as Head of UTV Ireland

UTV have announced Mary Curtis as the Head of UTV Ireland. She will be responsible for the overseeing of content and the development of the new service. UTV Ireland is expected to launch in January 2015. The signed a broadcasting contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in February 2014

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Mary Curtis was head of Saorview in RTÉ until September 2013, when she left to set up her own advice and consultancy services. She led the Saorview Digital Switch Over campaign and the Saorview marketing campaigns.

She also held the role of Deputy Director of Programming at RTÉ Television.

Ms. Curtis was also a member of the Board of RTÉ directors and oversaw the strategic review of RTÉ's full portfolio of services in 2013.

Ms Curtis said: "I'm delighted to be part of this new chapter in Irish television.

"I look forward to working with the senior management team to deliver a compelling new viewing experience for the audience with UTV Ireland."

John McCann, Group Chief Executive of UTV Media plc said: "Mary brings a wealth of Irish television experience to UTV which will be invaluable as we finalise our plans for UTV Ireland.

"Working closely with Managing Director Michael Wilson, Mary will be responsible for planning the strategic direction of UTV Ireland."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television added: "Mary's proven expertise across programming, public affairs, broadcasting and digital matters will be vitally important in ensuring UTV Ireland is successfully launched to meet the needs of the Irish audience."