Glen Killane joins EBU as Deputy Director of Sport
Glen Killane has been appointed to the new role of Deputy Director of Sport at the European Broadcasting Union.
A prominent figure in the sport industry, Killane was most recently Managing Director of Eir Sport and Eir Television in Ireland, where he was responsible for Eir’s IPTV platform and newly acquired sports channels.
He has over 14 years of experience at board level in the media and sports industry. He started his career at RTÉ Sport in 1996 and became Deputy Editor of Sport in 2002, after two years of working for ITV Sport in London.
Killane was RTÉ’s youngest ever Head of Sport when he was appointed in 2004 and spent six years in the role before becoming Manager Director of RTÉ Television, a position he held until 2016 when he moved to Eir.
He said: “I’m very proud to be joining EBU Sport at such an exciting time. The World Cup in Russia is the most recent example of how public service media and sport are intertwined, delivering huge audiences free-to-air and a shared viewer experience that unites the nation. The EBU plays a critical role in sustaining this so I am really excited to be part of its future.”
Glen has excellent knowledge of the EBU and its Members, having served as Vice Chair of the Sport Committee and President of the TV Committee. He will report into Director of Sport Stefan Kürten and will lead the implementation of the EBU’s new sport strategy.
With a focus on becoming more agile and flexible, growing the already substantial portfolio and widening the scope of rights, the strategy ensures that EBU Sport will continue to develop in line with Members’ interests and market developments.
Kürten added: “It is with great warmth that we welcome Glen to the EBU. His wealth of experience in delivering innovative and positive change and building relationships with stakeholders across Europe, make him the ideal person to help build on our excellent reputation and drive us into the future, with our new strategy and new way of working.
“Glen has a strong track record of pushing the boundaries and his experience will help drive our position on the market further.”
These changes are part of a wider strategic and structural reshaping of the EBU’s Sport Department which includes the appointment of Franck Choquard, formerly Eurovision Media Services Head of Products and Marketing, as Head of Content and Servicing, focusing on 360° content solutions for EBU sport properties.