Celene Craig to step down from media regulator role

Celene Craig to step down from media regulator role

Celene Craig

Celene Craig is to stand down as Coimisiún na Meán’s broadcasting and video-on-demand commissioner in March, the regulator has announced.

Ms Craig, a qualified barrister who has spent more than 30 years in media regulation including as CEO of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), will not seek re-appointment when her current term expires.

She had been appointed for an initial one-year term on the establishment of Coimisiún na Meán in March 2023.

Jeremy Godfrey, executive chair at Coimisiún na Meán, said: “Celene has been a stalwart of media regulation in Ireland for more than 30 years. Over her career, she has made a significant contribution to legislative and policy developments in the sector in Ireland and Europe.

“During the past year, she has been generous in sharing her unrivalled knowledge of the media landscape as we have made the transition from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland into Coimisiún na Meán.

“Her warm, collegial nature will be sorely missed by the other commissioners and myself, as well as by all our colleagues at Coimisiún na Meán. We all wish her well for the future.”

Ms Craig added: “After a hugely enjoyable career at Coimisiún na Meán, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Independent Radio and Television Commission, I have decided to step back from the role of broadcasting and video-on-demand commissioner.

“It has been a privilege to work at the cutting edge of the transforming media sector at both Irish and European levels. In recent years, it has been particularly rewarding to contribute to shaping the new Irish online safety regulatory framework and in leading the BAI into the new regulatory body.

“It has been a privilege to participate with my fellow commissioners and colleagues in establishing and operationalising Coimisiún na Meán in its first exciting year of establishment. I commend their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to the tasks at hand wish them well in their future work.

“I look forward to seeing An Coimisiún continuing to grow and develop in the years ahead and in delivering a diverse, thriving and safe media landscape.”

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