RTL Director Eyre Quits

20 March 2001

Pan-European broadcasting group RTL has lost its group director of strategy and content Richard Eyre, who quit with no new job in prospect. The group will officially announce his departure before it posts its annual results tomorrow.

Eyre replaced Greg Dyke (now BBC director general) as chief executive of Pearson in January 2000. However, when Pearson merged with the TV assets of Bertelsmann and Audiofina to form RTL in April 2000, Eyre moved down the overall pecking order to number three in the combined company. It is believed that frustration with his new post prompted his abrupt resignation.

Eyre’s duties are now split between Tony Cohen, who becomes head of content, and RTL managing director Bruno Chavat, who adds the strategy role to his portfolio.

News source: The Times (London); CampaignLive (UK)