| Raymond Maxwell
Editor-in-Chief of Europe by Satellite
Originally from Co. Dublin.
About your job: In charge of the institutional TV news channel of the EU, getting the EU news live and recorded free of rights to TV stations and written press journalists anywhere from Norway to Cyprus and Westport to the Urals, the eastern United States and central and South America. We cover all the institutions from the European Parliament to the Council, to the Committee of the Regions and of course the Commission. The challenge is to ensure that all major news items such as press conferences from various institutions get on air in time for European TV deadlines.
Why the EU? I wanted to bring my experience as a professional TV journalist and producer to assist the development of Europe.
How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Ireland has found its place and respect amongst the nations of Europe and benefited from the unique concept of helping a neighbour to grow. Its success due to its membership of the EU has established it as a modern state.
Based: Berlaymont Building, Brussels
Languages: Four. Three in school and one in Brussels (Spanish- I understand it but am not really able to speak it )
Books/Music: Middlemarch by George Elliott (the wonderful writing, the use of perfect English.
Album -hard to say I like classical music and jazz, but an old album of Burt Bacharach hits is never far from my CD.