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Equality boss given regulator job

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The regulator will oversee all broadcasting in the Republic

The head of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, Bob Collins, has been appointed chairman of the Republic's Broadcasting Authority.

The new body will regulate RTE and other broadcasters.

Mr Collins, who is a former director-general of RTE, said his new job is part-time and would not affect his position with the Equality Commission.

The new authority replaces the old Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.

It will combine the regulation of commercial and public service broadcasting.

The authority has nine members, five members of whom are appointed by the government.

Alongside Mr Collins the other appointees are: management consultant Paula Downey, e-learning designer Michelle McShortall, Belfast solicitor Maria Moloney and Irish Times columnist John Waters.

The remaining four members of the authority will be nominated by a committee of the Irish parliament.

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