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Virgin’s new dramas spring into action

Virgin Media Television has announced two new dramas as part of the schedule in its new season of upcoming shows this spring. Holding is a series based on the best-selling novel by Graham Norton, which was filmed in the chat show host’s native Cork and stars Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) and Conleth Hill […]

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Premier Sports to show 25 PL games

Premier Sports will broadcast 25 live and exclusive Premier League games throughout the coming weeks. On Tuesday, November 30, the channel will be the only place to watch every PL game from round 14 with all 10 midweek fixtures live over three nights. The coverage begins at 7pm on Premier Sports 2 when Eddie Howe’s […]

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Sky News takes to Saorview platform

Sky’s flagship international news service, Sky News, will become free to air in Ireland as the channel launches on Saorview from next Tuesday, November 30. Users of Ireland’s free digital TV service will find Sky News on Saorview channel 23 – with access to Sky News’ live 24-hour bulletins and programmes. It becomes the 12th […]

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TV viewing shows signs of levelling off

Live television viewership patterns levelled off in the third quarter with a decrease of only 3.3 per cent year-on-year in July-September, compared to the seven per cent year-on-year drop recorded in the first half of 2021 when the 2020 comparison period included a spike in news and other TV consumption as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, […]

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Sky adds Peacock to its Irish service

Sky and NBC Universal is rolling out Peacock streaming content, starting with a soft launch in the UK and Ireland. As from November 16, Sky and Now customers in these islands can access the Peacock catalogue of TV shows and movies from across NBC Universal at no extra cost. Peacock will be soon be made […]

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Starcom wins TAMIs grand prix for Lottery

The winners of Ireland’s TV planning awards known as the TAMIs have been announced. Once again, the event took place virtually with the winners being revealed in a one-off broadcast. Starcom were awarded the grand prix award for their consistently high standard of work on the National Lottery. As a reward, the National Lottery receives […]

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All-Ireland final most watched show

The All-Ireland football final between Mayo and Tyrone on RTÉ2’s Saturday Game Live attracted an average of 940,400 viewers with three in four TV viewers watching the action from Croke Park, making it the most watched TV show so far this year. By the end of the game, viewing peaked at 1,064,800. There were also […]

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Sky to show Germany’s top football games

Sky Sports has won the exclusive rights to show the Bundesliga in the UK and Ireland for the next four seasons. The rights were previously held by BT Sport. Football fans will be able to watch superstars including Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland (pictured), current champions FC Bayern München and relative newcomers RB Leipzig compete […]

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Virgin announces Champions League deal

Virgin Media (VMTV) has secured multi-platform rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the new UEFA Europa Conference League for the 2021-24 seasons. The agreement sees VMTV acquire Irish rights to the first pick UEFA Champions League for each Wednesday game and the rights to show every game in the UEFA Europa […]

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Sky One soon to give way to Showcase

Sky One will soon be rebranded as Sky Showcase in an effort to help customers find their favourite programmes and to discover new shows with more ease. Showcase will be Sky’s flagship channel, replacing the Sky One brand at 106 on the electronic programme guide (EPG) and will feature shows from across Sky’s portfolio of […]

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Premier Sport to show six EPL games

Premier Sports is to broadcast six exclusive live Saturday 3pm English Premier League (EPL) fixtures in August and September starting with Champions League winners Chelsea’s home match at Stamford Bridge against Crystal Palace in what will be Patrick Vieira’s first league game as manager on August 14. Chelsea are seen as a lead contender for […]

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Sky relaunches AdSmart scheme

Sky Media has reintroduced its AdSmart business support scheme which incentivises Irish advertisers with €20,000 worth of airtime on Sky channels. The initiative is open to businesses that have been operating for at least a year and have not used TV advertising before. Businesses can nominate themselves or may be put forward by a media […]

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TAM’s TV awards shortlist confirmed

TAM Ireland has announced the shortlist for this year’s TAMI Awards TV planning awards following a record number of entries. The competition rewards and celebrates the best use of TV. Judged by a panel of industry experts chaired by former Today FM chief executive Peter McPartlin (pictured), the winners will be confirmed at a ceremony […]

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