A prominent and award winning midlands businessman has announced his retirement.
Albert FitzGerald is stepping down as Group Managing Director of Tindle CI Broadcasting which owns the Laois, Offaly Kildare radio station Midlands 103.
A statement said Mr Fitzgerald joined the station when it was ailing in 1995 and was subsequently bought by the Tindle family in 2003.
It said that, under his leadership, the service has consistently grown its reach and revenue to become one of the most successful radio franchises in the country. The company expanded to new studios and offices in Tullamore in 2008, later becoming headquarters for the Tindle Radio Division.
It is claimed that the Cork native suppoted of many industry innovations including the training body Learning Waves, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland and IRS Plus in Dublin, where he remains an Executive Director.
He holds multiple awards including a PPI National Radio Award for documentary broadcasting and commercial production accolades, notably the prestigious National Love Radio Award for Best Creative Scriptwriting. He was voted Business Person of
the Year by Tullamore Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and was subsequently named Business Person of the Year for Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford in 2013.
He reflected on his career.
“We are so lucky to have such high quality radio in Ireland and I’m especially proud of Midlands 103, operating in the most competitive part of the country but delivering the biggest weekly audience of any local station outside of Dublin and Cork. It’s a real credit to the dedication and skill of its management and staff,” he said.
He will continue as a non-executive director of the company, while pursuing other personal projects.
Station Manager Will Faulkner, who joined the station in 2005, assumes the role of Managing Director with immediate effect.
“Becoming Albert’s successor is a daunting honour. He has been a fantastic leader and mentor, and his contribution to the wider industry has been immense. We wish him every happiness and he will always remain a part of the Midlands 103 family," he said.
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