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Another Super Bowl has come and gone…

So, another Super Bowl has come and gone, and Tom Brady has his fifth ring to add to his collection, Graham Curtis reports. As with each year, a huge draw of the Super Bowl for people in the US is the ads that play during the coverage of the game. For advertisers, the Super Bowl is the […]

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Molloy presents TV3’s rugby show

Former Leinster and Ireland rugby international Gordon D’Arcy and comedian Gary Cooke of Apres Match fame will help kick off Joe Molloy’s new rugby entertainment show on TV3 tomorrow night. Called Clubhouse, the show takes a lighthearted look at the week’s big rugby stories, which last weekend centred around the start to the Six Nations tournament. Clubhouse will […]

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Sky settles price dispute with Eurosport owner

The carriage row between Sky and Discovery Communications, which threatened a blackout of Eurosport and other channels from Sky’s platform, has been resolved. A statement from Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s chief executive for the UK and Ireland, said a new deal was concluded on “the right terms” after Discovery accepted BSkyB’s proposal. During coverage of […]

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TAM claims TV viewing up 11 minutes a day

TV has seen an increase in viewing of 11 minutes per day compared to a decade ago. Official TAM Ireland/Nielsen figures on TV viewing for 2016 shows that most Irish adults watched for three hours and 21 mins a day. The average daily time viewing figures are based on an average of all adults in a TV […]

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TV3 rebrands UTV Ireland as Be3

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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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