RTÉ has announced the appointment of Suzanne Kelly as the new Head of Children and Young People’s Content.

Kelly succeeds former commissioning editor, Sheila de Courcy who retired earlier this year having held the role since 2012.

Kelly has worked exclusively in children’s content since 2007, commissioning, directing and series producing for every age group.

She also spearheaded the creation and launch of RTÉ’s first cross-platform app for 8-12-year-old’s, giving her a strong foothold in digital as well as the more traditional skills associated with programming

Speaking about the announcement, Suzanne Kelly said:

“Creating and devising content for our younger audiences is truly the best job in the world so I am thrilled and excited to be given the opportunity to head up the Children’s and Young People’s department in RTÉ,” she said.

“I look forward to working closely with the independent sector and teams across RTÉ to deliver engaging, innovative, entertaining, fun and laughter-filled content for our entire audience, on all of our platforms.”

“This is a challenging but hugely exciting time for the creation of Young People’s content and I can’t wait to get stuck in”.

Reporting to Deputy Director of Content Niamh O’Connor, Kelly will have responsibility for implementing RTÉ’s strategy for children and young people across all of RTÉ’s platforms.

Children’s programming was to have been wholly outsourced as a cost saving measure but was reprieved at the start if 2017.

It has a strong offering across TV, digital radio and online as well as in news through the News2Day programme which unveiled a new presentation team last week after an open call to journalism and broadcast graduates.

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