Cathal Goan was appointed Director-General of RTÉ with effect from October 2003. He is a native of Belfast and a graduate of University College Dublin. Goan joined RTÉ in 1979, initially working with RTÉ Radio as a Producer and Senior Producer before moving to RTÉ TV in 1988. Having worked in Current Affairs and as Editor of Cúrsaí, the Irish language current affairs and arts programme Cathal was, in 1990, appointed Editor, Irish Language Programming. Cathal was appointed Ceannasaí of Teilifís na Gaeilge in August 1994 and oversaw the establishment of the channel, Ireland’s third national television service. He was appointed Director of RTÉ Television and a member of the RTÉ Executive Board in March 2000.