"It's A Crucial Time For Radio" - New Chief Executive Of IBI

Michael Kelly steps into the role after most recently serving as Manager of Communications with the Injuries Resolution Board.

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland has announced its new Chief Executive.

Michael Kelly will assume the role after spending eight years as Manager of Communications with the Injuries Resolution Board.

He was also national spokesperson with ESB Group for several years, and Group Communications Manager with EirGrid Group in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mr. Kelly says he is very passionate about independent radio:

"It is a vital sector in terms of delivering public service content to all of our listeners. 

The sector delivers huge value every day across news, sports, current affairs, and entertainment and I will be strongly highlighting to stakeholders the need for practical support. 

While a significant amount of time and attention has been understandably put publicly into issues concerning RTE and its viability, the needs of the independent sector must not be forgotten.

With more than 1,200 people employed in the sector, independent broadcasters make a major contribution to the economy and are by far the largest employers in the broadcasting sector outside of Dublin. 

Independent broadcasting is a highly responsible sector and also a very responsive one which reflects and adapts to listeners preferences and makes a major contribution to an informed democracy. 

Independent radio stations have a very strong connection with their listeners. 

I am honoured to have been appointed to this important role and look forward to working with the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland Chairperson, the Board and members to help chart the strategic future of the sector and to highlight the benefits independent radio provides nationally and regionally, and most importantly, to represent our valued listeners."

Independent Broadcasters of Ireland Chairperson John Purcell says they're delighted with the appointment:

"This is a crucial time for independent broadcasting, which faces challenges but contributes so much to social and economic development right across Ireland and which needs support from the state to thrive. 

The Board and I believe that this appointment will provide major assistance in the development of the sector. Independent broadcasting reaches the parts of the audience nationally and regionally of Ireland that other broadcasters cannot reach, and it is deserving of recognition and investment."

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