Phelim McAleer

Phelim McAleer has been a regular contributor to RTE and BBC radio and television, and is now joint managing director of New Bera Media, an independent documentary production company.

McAleer started his career as a journalist working for a local newspaper in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, known as ‘bandit country’ for the ferocity of the IRA campaign in the area. He then moved to the Irish News in Belfast, Ireland’s largest selling daily newspaper, where he covered the Northern Ireland troubles and the peace process, before becoming night editor.

From 1998 to 2000 he worked for the UK Sunday Times in their Dublin office; then from 2000 to 2003 he was the Romania/Bulgaria correspondent for the Financial Times. He also wrote for The Economist from Ireland.

McAleer devised and co-produced ‘The Search for Tristan’s Mum’, which was broadcast on RTE 1, the Irish State television station, in 2005. It featured the case of Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later. ’The Search for Tristan’s Mum’ was selected for and shown at Input 2006, a showcase for the best programmes from national public broadcasters from around the world.

He was also associate producer, second unit director and researcher on the documentary ‘Return to Sender’ which aired on Canada’s CBC in February 2005.
He then directed, produced and wrote Mine Your Own Business (2006), the world’s first anti-environmentalist documentary. The documentary hacks away at the cosy image of environmentalists as well-meaning, harmless activists.

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