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Curtis new UTV head of channel

Former Saorview director Mary Curtis had been appointed head of channel at UTV Ireland with responsibility for overseeing all programming content and leading the development of the new channel across all platforms. She was director of digital switchover and responsible for RTE Television’s digital strategy. Prior to that, she was RTE’s deputy director for TV […]

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Sky to show Papal canonisations live in 3D

For the first time in history, Sky will broadcast the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, presided over by Pope Francis live from St Peter’s Square in Rome on Sky 3D and Sky Arts from 8.30am on Sunday, April 27. The ceremony will be broadcast in full, without ad breaks. The […]

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BT Sports to show new rugby cups

Setanta Sports is to broadcast both the European Rugby Champions Cup (ERCC) and the European Rugby Challenge Cup on BT Sport. The deal means Setanta Sports subscribers in the Republic of Ireland can view 35 live matches on BT Sport as part of the Setanta Sports pack. It will include half of the televised pool […]

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TAM appoints agency to handle Twitter study

Television Audience Measurement (TAM) Ireland has commissioned UK social insight company Colourtext to collect every tweet sent in Ireland for a full calendar month in a bid to find out what percentage of Twitter traffic features messages about TV content. It is estimated that as many as nine million tweets are sent every month, but […]

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Crisis coming to TV3

TV3 plans to air US drama Crisis in April. Starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney, the series centres on the ambush of a school bus from an elite private school in Washington DC. The students on the bus, children of the country’s most powerful people, including the President, are held ransom. There are 13 hour-long […]

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TV3 says UTV move an opt-out

TV3 commercial director Pat Kiely has described UTV’s move to launch a station in the Republic next year as an opt-out bid to win a greater share of the Republic’s advertising spend. In a cover story interview in the March issue of Marketing.ie, Kiely says UTV is already in the market but what they are […]

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UTV signs BAI contract

UTV Ireland has signed a ten-year television content provision contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), under section 71 of the Irish Broadcasting Act.  UTV Ireland plans to start broadcasting in the Republic from next January. UTV has an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for […]

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Sky Sports extends opt-out

Sky Media Ireland (SMI) has added Sky Sports 3 and 4 to its live sport availability for Irish advertisers on TV. The move brings SMI’s representation to 31 channels with Irish feeds and follows the announcement of Sky’s new YouTube channel, Sky First Episodes (SFE), starting this Saturday. SFE allows viewers watch the first episodes […]

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TV watched 24 hours a week

The average Irish adult watches almost three and a half hours of television a day, or over 24 hours a week, viewing figures for last year released by TAM Ireland/Nielsen figures show. The viewing of live scheduled shows accounts for 91 per cent of TV time and just nine per cent is time-shifted with recordings […]

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Setanta rallies behind FIA events

Setanta Sports has confirmed that BT Sport has signed a deal to show exclusive live coverage of up to 26 stages of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), starting with the opening event of the 2014 season, the famous Rallye Monte Carlo, tomorrow (Wednesday, January 15). The WRC pits cars and drivers against each other […]

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Sky extends catch up

Sky customers can now catch up on their favourite TV from a total of 43 Sky and non-Sky channels, including TV3 from next week, at no extra cost. As well as the Sky channels, customers who connect their Sky+HD box to their broadband router will be able to watch catch up TV from an extended […]

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Love/Hate stars don Coola Boola hats

Love/Hate fans can support two Irish charities by buying a Coola Boola Santa Hat this Christmas. The brainchild of the Love/Hate team and commissioned by the popular crime drama’s’ producers and RTÉ,  the blue santa hat is on sale for €4 at Tesco, Golden Discs and Eason stores nationwide. All profits from the sales of the […]

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UTV starts to staff up

As it plans to launch a new TV channel in the Republic in early 2015, UTV has launched a recruitment drive. In readiness for the launch, the company has advertised three senior positions – head of channel Ireland, based in Dublin; head of sales operations Ireland, based in Dublin and senior programme planner/scheduler, based in […]

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