Eoghan McDermott has been replaced by Stephen Mullan as narrator on the popular reality TV show. This comes following his departure from RTÉ 2fm and as host of Junior Eurovision. Sophie Monk returns as host with comedian Stephen Mullan taking over from Eoghan McDermott. Love Island Australia is an ITV production for Channel 9, it will air later in the year in Ireland on Virgin Media TWO.
RTÉ2 after seeing its best audience share of the last 3 years has top has seen its share drop back in August as the Olympics and GAA Championships came to an end. The channel had 10% share of the audience in August 2021. The post match analysis of the All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final was the most watch programme of the month with 887,800 on August 14th. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its summer time audience in September with continued coverage of the final of the GAA Football championship. Overall RTÉ held 27% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television retained 18%.
Louise Cantillon is the new face of Junior Eurovision in Ireland. The series was hosted by former RTÉ 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermott from 2015 until 2019. This marks the return of Ireland to the competition following a decision to withdraw in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Adare Productions continue as producer of the show. Ireland has been represented at the competition since 2015, when Aimee Banks represented Ireland with Réalta na Mara, Ireland\'s last entry was in 2019 with Anna Kearney\'s Banshee. The Irish leg of the contest was film in May.
RTÉ has launched its new season across Radio, TV and Online. New drama\'s included Screen Ireland\'s Kin, Harry Wild and Hidden Assets, the BBC\'s Conversations with Friends and Three Families along with Smother a BBC production for RTÉ. New game show Last Singer Standing, while Angela Scanlan\'s pre-covid show gets its full outing as she asks her guests anything in Ask Me Anything. Today, Fair City and The Late Late Show return as normal.
RTÉ2 after seeing its best audience share of the last 3 years has seen its share increase again in July as the Euros came to an end and the Olympics began. The channel had 12.18% share of the audience in July 2021. The final of the Euros between England and Italy had an average of 941,300, this compares to 898,100 in 2016 when the final was broadcast on both RTÉ2 and TV3 (now Virgin Media one). In June 2016 RTÉ\'s coverage of the Euro final had 782,100 while TV3\'s had 116,000 viewers. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its summer time audience in August with continued coverage of the GAA championships and the Olympic Games. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 18%.
Virgin Media TV have secure rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the new UEFA Europa Conference League for the 2021-24 seasons in Ireland. Virgin Media will have first pick Champions League fixtures on Wednesday nights, the rights to every UEFA Europa League game and the final. They also have UEFA Super Cup games. The new Europa Conference League will has have its debut on Virgin Media TV. The agreement comes under a sub-licence from Saran Media Group. RTÉ will have first choice on Tuesday Night for the Champions League and its final, while both Live Score and BT will also broadcast each of the games.