The European Broadcasting Union has appointed former RTE boss Noel Curran as its new director-general.
He succeeds Ingrid Deltenre and is expected to take up his post at the beginning of September.
Curran is the former DG, managing director of television and editor of current affairs at RTE. A strong and long-time advocate of public service media, Curran is also an award-winning investigative journalist and producer.
Jean-Paul Philippot, president of the EBU (RTBF/BE), said: "Noel was the candidate of choice in what was an extremely strong list of candidates. He impressed us with his sound public service values, his operational experience and his understanding of the public service media ecosystem within today's rapidly evolving media environment.
"I am confident he will do a very good job for the EBU, for all our members, and for public service media."
Curran added: "There is now, more than ever, a compelling case for what public service media does, and what the members of the European Broadcasting Union do, day in, day out. The EBU represents some of the finest media organisations, content-makers and journalists in the world.
"The position of DG is a huge honour, and I will work with the membership to seize every opportunity and to move ahead with the changes necessary to secure the future of public service media. I look forward to working with Jean-Paul, with the EBU team and with our members, from all regions in the EBU, to serve our audiences' needs."