Garrett Harte helps to create and deliver communications strategies for media companies, brands, organisations and individuals.
Garrett is a multi award-winning media executive with over two decades of experience in Irish media. As the former Editor in Chief of Newstalk radio station, he has led and shaped the national current affairs debate on critical political, social and cultural events for many years, and during this time has managed a host of leading Irish broadcasters including Ivan Yates, Claire Byrne, George Hook and Pat Kenny.
Garrett also coached and mentored scores of producers, researchers and reporters, many of whom are key leaders in Ireland’s broadcast media today. He was a central figure in the start-up teams of both TV3 and Newstalk, and developed and produced formats including ‘The Right Hook’, ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ and TV3’s ‘20/20’ current affairs series.
He played a key role in securing the national radio licence for Newstalk in 2007 and led the transformation of the radio station to a multi-platform media brand. During his years with Newstalk, the station picked up the Station of the Year award on six occasions. He also picked up an IFTA Film & TV nomination.
Garrett has also held positions with the UTV Group and most recently in a consultancy role with Communicorp Media. He is a Senior Industry Advisor with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), currently advising on business strategy with Express FM Radio in Tunisia.
Garrett’s frank yet personable approach has earned him an excellent reputation across the communications and media industry, and for many in sector, he is the go-to person for insight and thought leadership on areas such as coaching & talent management, editorial insight, strategic communications, and developing cutting-edge content and formats that are modern and relevant.
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“In a rapidly fast-moving media environment, where circumstances can often dictate events, people look for leaders. We were lucky in Newstalk to have a natural one in Garrett. His razor-sharp judgment and excellent inter-personal skills helped keep our teams calm, focused and creative in the most challenging of times. His finest quality is his flair for talent management, and the manner in which he has patiently nurtured younger generations of media professionals and mentored older ones too. For years I was surrounded by people who’s job it was to tell me what not to say – Garrett was the first person who told me what to say.”
“Garrett has been a phenomenal Editor for our station and was instrumental in building the station from a start-up to the success it is today.”