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Kevin Dawson Head of Editorial Standards at RTÉ Has Passed Away
09 Nov 2017 :
The death has taken place in Dublin of Kevin Dawson, journalist, TV producer and commissioning editor and, since 2012, Head of Editorial Standards at RTÉ. He was 57.

RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes and RTÉ Board Chair Moya Doherty have offered their sincere condolences to Kevin’s wife Brianóg Brady Dawson and his children Colm and Anna, to whom he was devoted.
 
Kevin Dawson’s 35-year career in print and broadcast journalism in Ireland began as a freelance journalist for In Dublin, Magill, Sunday Press, The Irish Times and Irish Independent and then as a senior reporter and news editor with The Sunday Tribune.  To his delight, his time with the Tribune included a 1988 work-study visit on behalf of the paper to The Washington Post, where he met with some heroes including Publisher Katharine Graham, Editor Ben Bradlee and Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward.  
 
He first worked for RTÉ as a reporter and presenter in TV Current Affairs from 1992 to 1994 and then until 1998 as a TV producer, notably scripting, producing and co-directing as Executive Producer the landmark history series Rebellion on the events of 1798.
 
In 1998, Kevin returned to print journalism, as Assistant Editor at The Sunday Business Post, but in 1999 the position of Commissioning Editor Factual TV attracted him back to RTÉ, the focus of his considerable and rigorous energies for ten years. 
 
During that time, he commissioned and developed an unparalleled range of award-winning, popular and critically praised documentaries on history (a subject particularly close to his heart), arts and political subjects.
 
In 2010 he moved from television to become Head of Corporate Communications and then in 2012 became Head of Editorial Standards, leading the RTÉ Editorial Standards Board with the principled attention to detail and the consideration which epitomised his relationships with colleagues.
 
His bravery, humility and grace in dealing with Motor Neurone Disease won the heartfelt admiration of the colleagues and friends in RTÉ by whom he will be very deeply missed, not least for his warmth, good humour and - occasionally acerbic - wit.
 
RTÉ Director Dee Forbes this morning said: “Kevin Dawson’s contribution to the art of television documentary in Ireland is a significant one. Working mainly with the independent sector, a Kevin Dawson production was identifiable for its ambition, scale and honesty. Kevin’s documentaries were events. His final years in RTÉ were characterised by an ethical diligence that was also the hallmark of his earlier journalism. Ultimately, Kevin’s bravery has left a lasting impression on all his colleagues. He will be much missed. My sincere sympathies to his wife Brianóg, children Colm and Anna, friends and close colleagues on this sad day.”
 
Moya Doherty, Chair of the RTÉ Board and also a former RTÉ colleague of Kevin’s, said: "I had the honour of working closely with Kevin Dawson in Current Affairs many years ago, he was an exceptional journalist and an exceptional man. He played a very important role in the development of public service media with RTÉ. He epitomised all that is exemplary in public service broadcasting."




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