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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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Eir Sport renews UFC fights rights

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 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

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

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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Setanta rebrands as Eir Sport

Setanta Sport has rebranded as Eir Sport and has taken the opportunity to confirm it has won the exclusive TV rights to the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The deal also includes the rights to next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup which Ireland will host. The announcement was made at Eir’s Dublin HQ with former […]

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