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Gail Henry, (RTÉ Lyric FM producer and SETU DBA Student) was recently elected as the first female and indeed first Irish person to the position of Chair of the European Broadcasting Union Classical Music Group.

Gail was thrilled with the appointment, “I’m delighted and honoured to have been elected the first female chair of the European Broadcasting Union Classical Music Group, in Cologne. I am looking forward to working with an incredibly talented group and supporting the work of classical music public service broadcasters around the world.”

European Broadcasting Union

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Classical Music Group is committed to upholding and supporting the EBU mission and values. With over 39 member stations throughout Europe and over 127 music ensembles (public service media orchestras, choirs), the aim of the group is to share distinctive high-quality concerts, and to enhance and develop music content and services, responding to the changing needs, interests and concerns of the entire EBU music community.

Gail Henry (MBA (OUBS), M.A. Music Education (UL), B.Mus (Hons) UCD, H.Dip. (Arts Admin)) has worked as a Radio Producer with RTÉ lyric fm since 1999. Prior to that Gail was Concerts Manager with the RTÉ Performing Groups. Alongside her editorial role in the station, Gail runs an Education and Outreach programme and the annual Choirs for Christmas Competition. Gail’s aim has always been to bring Classical music to the widest possible audience, and this continues to be her strategic aim. She has been a multiple prize-winner at the New York Festivals, Prix Italia and the IMRO Radio Awards.

SETU School of Business

Gail is currently studying for her Doctorate in Business Administration award at SETU School of Business. The DBA programme has been instrumental in preparing mid-career executives in the South East region and beyond to perform at the highest level of management practice. It has supported enhancements in candidate’s knowledge, analytical, conceptual, and critical thinking skills, and has underpinned the development of research competencies required to lead organisations who face complex, competitive, global business environments. Further information on the programme is available at

Public radio

A recent EBU report on the economic impact of public radio music activities outlined how the music activities of public radio stations in Europe have an economic impact of EUR 3.1 billion. These music activities support more than 17,000 jobs directly and more than 50,000 jobs in total, including suppliers and their procurement through the value chain. This means that for every job in music radio operations, a further two roles are supported elsewhere in the European economy.