Renowned and award-winning Offaly businessman announces his retirement
A prominent and award-winning Offaly businessman has announced his retirement.
Albert FitzGerald is stepping down as Managing Director of Tindle CI Broadcasting Group, ending a business legacy that began with Cork hacker ERI in the 1980s.
Albert is best known for rekindling the fortunes of Midlands 103 based in Tullamore. The station was in trouble when he joined it in 1995 and was later acquired by the Tindle family in 2003.
Under his leadership, the service has steadily increased its reach and revenue to become one of the most successful radio franchises in the country. The company expanded to new state-of-the-art studios and offices in Tullamore in 2008, later becoming the headquarters of the Tindle Radio division.
The Cork native was a strong supporter of many innovations in the industry, including the training organization Learning Waves, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland and IRS Plus in Dublin, where he remains an executive director.
He holds numerous awards, including a PPI National Radio Award for Documentary Broadcasting and Commercial Production, including the prestigious National Love Radio Award for Best Creative Screenplay. He was elected businessman of
of the Year by the Tullamore Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and was subsequently named Businessman of the Year for Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford in 2013.
Reflecting on his career, Albert describes broadcasting as an incredible journey.
“We are so lucky to have such a quality radio station in Ireland and I am especially proud of Midlands 103, operating in the most competitive part of the country but offering the largest weekly audience of any local station outside of Dublin and Cork. It is a true honor to the dedication and competence of its management and staff ”.
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 General Manager with immediate effect.
“To become Albert’s successor is a huge honor. He has been a fantastic leader and mentor, and his contribution to the entire industry has been immense. We wish him the best of luck and he will always be a part of the Midlands 103 family. “