Discovery Communications and the BBC have signed a long-term partnership for the coverage of the Olympic games. The BBC will be the UK's exclusive free-to-air broadcasters for the next five Olympic games. Discovery is committed to striking innovative partnerships across Europe after winning the rights to the games in 2015. This builds on a 30 year partnership between the two companies.
With the arrival of UTV Ireland much of the programming that UPC customers enjoyed on UTV is available across a number of broadcasters. TV3 and RTÉ both hold some rights to ITV programming, hence why UTV Ireland doesn't carry those shows. UTV Ireland we imagine took the decision not to air the UK General election debate which aired on UTV, STV and ITV. RTÉ took the decision to air the debate on their dedicated digital news channel RTÉ News Now, but they also took the decision to interrupt that live broadcast for the RTÉ Nine O'Clock News, but why?
TG4, Ireland's National Irish Language TV Broadcaster, is to bring Ireland to the Eurovision in 2015. This will be the first time in the history of the contest to see Ireland enter. Junior Eurovision (nó Eurofís Sóisearach) is open it children between the ages of 10 and 15. Adare Productions is set to produce the Junior EuroSong for TG4, having produced many of TG4 talent competitions in the past. TG4 are now looking for entrants.
The European Central Bank (ECB) have unveiled the new 10 EURO note. The note is part of a project called "Europa". The series of notes are being introduced on a phased basis. The first note to be changed to the new Europa version was the 5 EURO note. The notes feature stronger security features. The security designs include the face of "Europa" from Greek mythology and the origin of the European continent's name.
Ghost Train is on its way to Clermont-Ferrand. The International short film festival takes place there each year in January and February. The film is directed by Lee Cronin and produced by John Neville and Ulla Simonen and is a co-production between the Irish Film Board and the Finnish Film Foundation. It stars Own McDonnell and Steve Wall.
SIPTU, Ireland's largest union, has called on the government to provide more Youth Training. According to CSO figures for 2012 there were more than 45,000 under 25s not in employment, education or training. The government is due to sign a European agreen which will see €6billion directed towards a Youth Guarantee scheme.