Noel Curran a shoo-in for Montrose, says Paddy Power
Paddy Power has suspended betting on the identity of the next director general of RTÉ, following an apparent surge of bets taking a not-so-risky punt on Noel Curran for the top job. Paddy Power says that several bets were placed at odds of 5/1 this morning on the ex-managing director of RTÉ television following a similar career path to the retiring director general, Cathal Goan (who also previously held the television MD job).
Having narrowed the odds to 1/3 favourite, Paddy Power has been “forced to suspend all betting”, which raises the question as to who exactly, other than industry insiders, bets on the rearranging of executive deckchairs in Ireland’s semi-states in the first place. According to Paddy Power’s Ken Robertson “the cat is well and truly out of the bag”, that Curran, a former business journalist who left his post as television MD in March to pursue private sector interests, is to make a return to Montrose faster than you can say “can you turn on TV3, I want to watch Take Me Out”.
Senior RTÉ executives Clare Duignan (radio) and Conor Hayes (finance) recently ruled themselves out of the running for the position, which last time round paid a salary of €326,000 a year. Curran’s CV, meanwhile, includes the launch of the Prime Time Investigates strand and executive producing of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest. Public service broadcasting at its most eclectic, then.