RTÉ have launched their annual short story writting competition for 2021. The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 is in honour of Francis MacManus. The closing date for entries is the 7th of May, 2021. Writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell will judge the entries. The competition is now in its 35th year. The top price is €3,000. 10 stories will be short listed and broadcast on Radio 1. Last year saw 4000 entries. Shane Tivenan won last year with his story Flower Wild.
Today (25th February) The Bauer Group has announced its deal to aquire Dennis O\'Brien\'s Communicorp Group. Bauer will extend its reach into Ireland and eight other countries. Communicorp own Ireland\'s Newstalk and TodayFM, they also own local Irish broadcasters Spin, Spin South West and 98FM, along with online services Off the Ball, audioXI and GoLoud. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
The first month in 2021 sees Irish TV drop by 4% month-on-month and by 1% year-on-year. With Dancing With The Stars put on hiatus due to COVID restrictions RTÉ ONE managed to pull in a normally high audience for this time of year. Ireland\'s Fittest Family to the place of DWTS to help RTÉ\'s Sunday night line up, with the return of The Tommy Teirnan Show also helping weekend viewing on the channel. Virgin Media one\'s line up of returning ITV reality shows help them to retains an 11% share. Overall RTÉ held 27% of the audience, while their nearest rivals Virgin Media Television held on to 17%.
The Irish language broadcaster, TG4, has launched its latest addition to its on-demand services. The App is available on Samsung, Sony and LG smart TVs along with Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Google TV. TG4 launched its first on-demand player in 2002, becoming Ireland\'s first online TV player. The new app was designed and developed by TG4 in partnership with Irish web development company 8bytes. The app is also available on mobile Devices, iOS and Android, with a casting option to Google Chromecast and Apple TV. TG4 have added a +1 and a +2 live stream of their channel on the app along with a start over option on the live streams. Most of TG4\'s content is available worldwide.
The Golden Globe nominees have been announced. Daisy EdgarJones has been nominated for her role in Normal People in the Best Actress Category. Brendan Gleeson is nominated for his portrayal of President Trump in the mini-serial The Comey Rule in the Best Supporting Actor Category. Normal People has been nominated as Best Limited TV Series. Irish film Wolfwalkers has been nominated for the award of Best Animated Film. David Fincher\'s Mank, the telling of the story behind the writing of Citizen Kane, is the most nominated film, while Aaron Sorkin\'s The Trial of the Chicago 7 received 5 nominations. The Crown and Schitt\'s Creek have each taken 5 nominations in the TV categories.
TG4 have revealed their new idents for the channel. In all six new idents have been produced for the channel by Red Bee Creative. The idents launched yesterday (1st of February 2021). The six new idents have six different themes. Windy Day (Spite Feamainne), Seaweed (Lá na Scolb), Rain Dance (Ní hé lá na báistí), Leporine (Cúinne an Ghiorria), Glass Blowing (Gloine) and Street Crossing (Léim Sráide). The series of graphics for the channel were produced by Red Bee Creative in collaboration with TG4\'s inhouse design team. The brand identities are a strong visual identity for TG4 across its platforms and are the visual representation of the channel motto of ‘Súil Eile’.