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ICCTRA appoints Sir Jeremy Isaacs as Chairperson of The Radharc Award

ICCTRA appoints Sir Jeremy Isaacs as Chairperson of The Radharc Award

The Radharc Award honours the memory of the late Fr Joe Dunn, co-founder of Radharc and is presented under the aegis of ICCTRA, The Irish Churches’ Council for Television and Radio Affairs. The President of Ireland, Her Excellency, Mary McAleese, will present the Radharc Award at a function in The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, on 11 January 2002, 40 years after the first Radharc broadcast.

A panel of adjudicators under the chairmanship of Sir Jeremy Isaacs will view the entries and select the programme that in their opinion best meets the criteria set out in the Rules and Regulations of the competition.

Sir Jeremy has a long career in television and the theatre and is a former Director General of Channel 4 Television in the UK and a former Managing Director of the Royal Opera House in London. He has just recently completed his term as President of the Royal Television Society and is currently Managing Director of Sir Jeremy Isaacs Productions.

The award will be for a television programme of outstanding quality, which addresses national or international topics of social justice, morality or faith. There is no requirement that the programme-makers are of any specific religious adherence but the programme itself should imply a challenge to the moral conscience of the kind that distinguished many Radharc programmes.

Competing programmes must have been broadcast for the first time during the period 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2001 on any free-to-air channel receivable on the island of Ireland. Closing date for entries will be 16 November 2001. Further details and conditions are available on www.radharcfilms.com

The Radharc team was the first independent company producing television programmes for on RTÉ and made over 400 documentaries on social and religious issues between 1962 and 1996. The very first Radharc programme was aired twelve days after the launch of the national television channel and throughout the following 34 years Radharc became part of the fabric of Irish television broadcasting.

ENDS

5 November 2001

Further information and application forms from:
Ronnatt Ramsay-Ledwith,
The Radharc Award Co-ordinator, Email ledwith@unison.ie
38 Tudor Road, Ranelagh Dublin 4.
Tel. 00353 1 4972553 or mobile 00353 86 8419756

 Issued by the Catholic Communications Office on behalf of ICCTRA, The Irish Churches’ Council for Television and Radio Affairs

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