New Chairman and members of the BAI appointed

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, TD, today secured Government approval for the appointment of four new members of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and one reappointment to the authority.

On the Minister’s nomination, Pauric Travers was appointed as Chairperson for a period of three years. He will serve alongside three newly appointed Ministerial nominees; Alan McDonnell, Claire Duignan, and Grace Smith, each with a 5 year term of office. Michelle McShortall has been reappointed for a period of 3 years.

Four existing board members, nominated by the Joint Oireachtas Committee, remain in place until their terms expire in February 2015.

Minister White said the Authority members came from a variety of backgrounds, with experience across a range of competencies and experiences. He said he is confident that the new Board will lead the BAI in regulating, shaping and supporting the broadcasting environment so that broadcasting reflects Ireland’s diverse and democratic nature.

Minister White also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Chair and outgoing members of the BAI Board for the work done under the term of their stewardship.

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