Dee Forbes

Dee Forbes – Breaking glass ceilings off screen

Although usually based in London for work, Dee Forbes is returning to her native Ireland and of course Cork. She certainly is a Cork lady who’s done more!


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Ms Forbes has long been making waves in the television and production industry in Europe, and RTÉ recently announced that not only is she the new Director General of Ireland’s national broadcaster, she is the first woman to ever hold the position – She is a deserving Lovin Cork’s ‘Top 4 who’ve done more’!

Hailing from Drimoleague and the eldest of three children, Forbes’ love of history and politics in school, stayed with her to third level, when she studied a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics in University College Dublin.

Her career in television began in London, where she emigrated to at the end of the 1980s, when Ireland was in the grips of recession. Until recently, she was the President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks, Northern Europe. In this position, she managed all commercial and channel activities for Discovery, which covers 27 TV brands and reaches 276 million households each month.

However, Forbes still considers Cork to be home and frequently returns to her home in Glandore for rest and relaxation.

Her new position in RTÉ came as a surprise to many for a couple of reasons. First, no woman has ever held the position and second, an insider of the broadcaster was speculated to be the successor.

She has publicly said before that she does not base her career on being a man or a woman but rather, bases the importance on working hard and having ambition in whatever you do.

On women and leadership, she believes that the most recent economic downturn has actually proved interesting and exciting for potential women in business. The digital age has enabled people to run inventive and ingenious businesses and ideas right from their kitchen table.

It is therefore clear to see that Dee Forbes is an advocate for women in business, as well as innovation and homegrown entrepreneurship.

Lovin Cork are very excited to see what Ms Forbes bring to RTÉ in the coming years and months.

You can follow Dee on Twitter here.


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