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TV3 rebrands UTV Ireland as Be3

TV3 today launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephen’s Green. While its current channels TV3 and 3e will receive new brand identities, a third channel, ‘be3’, will launch on 9th January, replacing UTV Ireland.At the event to mark the occasion was a number of the group’s key talent including Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick, presenter Karen Koster, economist and business presenter David McWilliams as well as well-known faces from some of TV3’s most popular programmes; Red Rock, Gogglebox Ireland and Emmerdale.
TV3’s new look three channel offering will come into effect from Monday 9th January, 2017.Pictures :Brian McEvoy
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TV3 has launched its new-look three channel group strategy. While TV3 and 3e will receive new brand identities, a third channel, ‘Be3’, will launch in January in place of UTV Ireland. TV3 will be the flagship channel, focusing on Irish content and acquired shows, including Red Rock, Gogglebox Ireland, Celebrity Masterchef and The Restaurant. Coronation Street and Emmerdale join Broadchurch and Tuesday night Uefa Champions League matches. TV3’s current affairs coverage […]

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Corrie and Emmerdale set to return to TV3


Two of Ireland’s most watched TV soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, are to return to TV3 from the start of December. The move follows Virgin Media’s announcement this week that it had received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland. Upon final closing of this deal, the TV3 group will operate as a three-channel business. As […]

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TV3 plans second series of Gogglebox


TV3 has commissioned a second series of the TV watchers favourite watchers show. Gogglebox Ireland has been on screens just shy of nine weeks and already the series has been a major talking point with the Tully Twins from Cavan, Tracie and Anita from The Liberties, The Gruffertys from Kildare and The Ryans from Limerick […]

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Virgin gets green light on UTV Ireland

Jennifer Buckley, Weather Presenter, UTV Ireland

Virgin Media has received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland for €10 million. The news follows Virgin’s purchase of TV3 last year. Pat Kiely (above), managing director, TV3, said the approval was good news for viewers and will support efforts to compete head-on with local and overseas competition, which would include RTE and […]

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UTV Ireland’s Celebrity audience up 17 per cent

Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway is an ITV Studios production for ITVANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY on Saturday 22 February 2014Picture shows: Ant & DecAward winning hosts Ant & Dec are back with their hugely popular entertainment series Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway.The only series on TV that says ÔDonÕt just watch the ads Ð win them!Õ returns to the our screens with a host of brand new stunts, surprises and shocks for the studio audience and viewers at home.ÔAÕ list superstars will also be joining the fun live in the studio, but not even the biggest stars are safe as the Geordie duo lead some of their most ambitious celebrity set-ups.This series sees Ant & Dec attempt their most difficult Undercover to date, tricking close friend and fellow TV host Holly Willoughby.  Whilst This MorningÕs Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford take Ant & DecÕs lead in a brand new IÕm A Celebrity Get OutÉof Me Ear!Ashley Roberts will be back to challenge the pair to the ultimate duel in Ant V Dec, and whilst Little Ant and Dec may have already rubbed shoulders with Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis and Bruce Forsyth, this series will see them spring more cheeky questions on their new celebrity chums.One lucky member of the studio audience will also be given the chance to play for the contents of a commercial break in Win the Ads, with spectacular prizes including cars and holidays on offer.Each show will end in spectacular style as some of the world's biggest and best performers grace the Takeaway stage for a one-off performance that will come with its own unique surprise - you won't want to miss them!Last series saw Ant & Dec scale a 50ft tower, trick the worldÕs biggest boyband One Direction with their Undercover guises, join Spelbound for a special one off performance and top the UK charts with ÔLets Get Ready To RumbleÕ.
Press contact: Sarah Banbury on 0207 157 3018 sarah.banbury@itv.comPicture contact: Shane Chapman on 020 7157 3043

The opening episode of I’m A Celebrity, which aired on UTV Ireland last night at 9pm, saw an average of 436,900 viewers tune in to the jungle antics, an increase of 17 per cent on last year’s launch show. The programme reached 688,600 viewers in total and was the second highest rating programme on UTV […]

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TAM unveils tool for measuring across devices

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Television Audience Measurement (TAM) Ireland launched a plan for monitoring viewing across all devices – TV, laptop/PC, tablet and smartphone at a conference for advertisers and agencies in the Aviva Stadium. TAM will deliver the Video Integration Strategy for a Total Audience – or Vista for short – across four stages, TAM chief executive Jill […]

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Pat Shortt stars in new TV3 drama

Smalltown on TV3 - Pat Shortt as Tom in Gerard Barrett's SMALLTOWN

He’s best known for his comedic wit but Pat Shortt gets serious as the star of TV3’s new drama Smalltown. Created and directed by Gerard Barrett, who was also behind Glassland and Pilgrim Hill, Smalltown tells the story of Conor (played by Charlie Kelly), a 20-something young man forced to leave his small town in […]

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RTE, TV3 and UTV Ireland join Sky Go

Sky Go at Bluewater
BLuewater Shopping Centre13th August 2011
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Sky Go, the mobile TV service which allows Sky customers to watch the TV wherever they are at no extra cost, has expanded its channels line-up with the addition of the six main Irish TV channels. RTE One, RTE2, RTE Jr, TV3, 3e and UTV Ireland join a line-up of over 65 channels on Sky […]

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Bakhurst quits RTE for role at Ofcom

Kevin Bakhurst

RTÉ has confirmed that Kevin Bakhurst is stepping down as managing director of news and current affairs in October to become content group director at Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK. Bakhurst joined RTÉ four years ago as MD of the news and current affairs division and was later made deputy director-general to Noel […]

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Eir Sport renews UFC fights rights

Launch of eir Sport, Dublin 5/7/2016
Introducing eir Sport, a new name in Irish Broadcasting.  Ireland’s largest telecommunications company, has launched eir Sport and the eir Sport Pack, offering six channels of the best live sporting content from Ireland and around the world.
The channels that make up the eir Sport Pack are eir Sport 1 and eir Sport 2; BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and BT Sport ESPN.
The eir Sport Pack is now free to all existing and new eir broadband customers. Customers can access this content via their TV platform or the device of their choice. This equates to €300 of value free to every eir broadband customer.
Pictured today BT Sport pundit Brian O'Driscoll
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Viewers in the Republic of Ireland will be able to continue to watch exclusive live TV coverage of UFC fights on Eir Sport – formerly Setanta Sport. BT Sport, which is available as part of the Eir package, has renewed its UFC rights for the Republic of Ireland. The renewal will see BT Sport broadcast over […]

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Malone TV3’s new programme boss

Bill Malone, TV3

Bill Malone has been confirmed by Virgin Media as TV3’s director of programming in place of Lynda McQuaid who previously held the title of head of content at TV3 Group. Malone will be responsible for programme commissioning, acquisitions and scheduling. Malone was channel controller of RTÈ2 and a member of the national broadcaster’s TV board for […]

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Netflix to be Star Trek’s new base

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Netflix and CBS Studios International has announced a licensing agreement for the new Star Trek TV series. The streaming service will be the exclusive premiere home of Star Trek in 188 countries, with the exception of North America.  Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its US premiere. […]

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Sky adds RTÉ Player to catch up

Bryan Dobson, RTE News

Sky customers can now get more on demand content with the addition of the RTÉ Player to its catch up TV service. A spokesperson for Sky said the move is part of a long-term partnership between Sky and RTÉ to increase the number of channels and the ways in which content can be accessed on […]

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