2012 press releases

Posted 21 September 2012

RTÉ midlands office to be re-located to AIT

RTÉ announced today that it is to re-locate its midlands studio and office to Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). The move is part of a wider review of its regional operations which will create similar partnerships with institutes of technology in Sligo, Dundalk, Galway and Waterford.

All regional correspondents will continue to provide extensive coverage from their existing regions and while some other staff roles will be reviewed, there will be no job losses as a result of these changes.

Over the next few weeks, joint working groups will be established between each IT and RTÉ to look at the range and potential of these new relationships. The new plan will begin from January 2013.

AIT president, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, said that: “Athlone Institute of Technology is delighted to partner with RTÉ in providing studio facilities for the national broadcaster. This will help ensure that events and news from the midlands will continue to form an important part of RTÉ’s news output.

“The institute offers a number of programmes in sound engineering and digital media, as well as being a leader in software research. This partnership offers the potential for collaboration between both parties across these degrees, as well as providing RTÉ with access to highly qualified graduates and expert research knowledge,” he stated.

RTÉ's Director General Noel Curran said the restructuring of regional operations will preserve a presence in the regions for licence fee payers and increase the scope for external partnerships.

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