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.
Australian Horror Zombie flick Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, is aptly described as Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead. Blood, guts and comedy the film is a good violent fun at its best. The indie film is directed by Kiah Roache-Turner and co-written with his brother Tristan Roache-Turner. A plague that causing zombies has swept the nation, leaving Barry, Benny and Frank fighting zombies in the middle of the Australian outback.
The hearts and minds of Irish people across the world are today with the friends and families of the young people who have died in a tragic accident in Berkley, California. There are no words to describe the sadness and feelings of Irish people today.
None of the Irish TV broadcasters picked up FIFA's Women's World Cup, which begins in Canada tomorrow (6/6/15). While there is no Irish interest in the tournament with neither Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland qualifying for the games. CCÉ contacted all of the Irish broadcasters about their plans to cover the Women's World Cup all failed to respond to the request for information. The EBU signed an agreement for live broadcast and online coverage for the match for 17 EBU member states including the Republic of Ireland. The new president of the EBU is RTÉ's head of Television, Glen Killane (former Head of Sports with the broadcaster). No arrangement was made by any of the Irish broadcasters to attain the broadcast rights, even placing agreements for coverage with RTÉ or the EBU.
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?
Broadcasters and the British politcal establishment have announced details of their Leaders Debates in the run up to the British General Election 2015. The main British parties will part take in the debates with smaller parties such as UKIP and the Green Party also taking part due to their popularity in recent polls. National political parties from Scotland and Wales will also take part, but Northern Irish parties will not take part in the debate. The first debate will take place on ITV on April 2nd, followed by a second debate on the BBC and then the final televised debate on Channel 4 and Sky News.
The Art Council has announced that it is to set up a €150,000 Laureate award for Irish Fiction. It is hoped the award will help to encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers. The award is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU). The Irish Times will be the media partner of the award.
South African leader and rights activist Nelson Mandela died at 20:50 on 05/12/13 he was in the company of his family and friends. He became South Africa's first African president having fought to bring democracy to his nation that had been rule by a European minority. The country was grant independence from Great Britain in 1931. Racial segregation was strengthened from 1948 as the National Party took control. South Africa declared itself a Republic in 1961 following a referendum in which only Europeans could vote. It left the Commonwealth but returned in the 1990s. In 1990 the ruling part (the National Party) removed the ban on political organisations such as the African National Congress (ANC). F.W. De Klerk negotiated with Nelson Mandela the transitions of policies and government in 1993. Universal elections were held in 1994, the ANC won a landslide. Nelson Mandela became the founding President of a democratic South Africa.
The Irish and Japanese governments have signed an agreement where Irish beef products will return to Japan after a 12 year absence. The ban on Irish beef was put in place by Japan at the height of the BSE scare in 2001. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney T.D., and Irish Taoiseach lead a trade delegation to Japan in hopes to secure agricultural treaties and agreements between the two nations. The Minister and An Taoiseach were part of a trade delegation consisting of Bord Bia, Teagasc and IBEC. Minister Coveney met with his Japanese counterpart Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan's Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The ASTI (Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland) has donated €10,000 to the Filipino relief effort. The Philippines experiences some of the worst storms the islands have ever seen. 4 million children in the Philippines have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The donation is in direct response to UNICEF's call for aid.
The Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore T.D., has condemn terrorist attacks in Beirut that happen yesterday morning (Tuesday, 19/11/2013). He extended his sympathies to the families of those killed in the attack. Ireland remains committed to peace in the Lebanon through its contribution to the UNIFIL peace-keeping mission.
Microsoft's announcement that the new Xbox gaming system is an all-in-one entertainment systems has excited gamers after a light launch of the rival PS4. Microsoft are read for a November launch date with a range of services announced for the new XBox ONE.Be Amazed!