Virgin Media TV have announced their autumn schedule of shows. Reality TV show \
TG4 have announced new programmes for the months ahead as they reach their milestone of 25 years on the air. Documentaries covering Whistleblowers, Dublin Bay, TB in Ireland, Colm Cille and Banknote design. Entertainment see the return of Hector as he meets with newcomers to Ireland, the Underdogs returns to seek out the next best Ladies Football team, Junior Eurovision and Na Slimmers follows six people trying to lose weight. Sport includes GAA, Rugby and Cliff Diving. Four Irish films will get their debuts on the channel Foscadh, Arracht, Doineann and The Queen V Patrick O\'Donnell. The Golden Girl, The Wonder Years and Dr. Quinn will air on the channel, while boxsets on line include Scadi-noir The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen.
Sky have announced that they are to retire their flagship TV channel Sky ONE. It will be renamed Sky Showcase, the new format for the channel will highlight the top programmes from the broadcaster. They have also announced that Sky Replay (formerly Sky TWO) will be replaced by Sky Max the new home for Sky\'s blockbuster entertainment shows, while they will update Sky Comedy to be the home of Sky Original Comedy.
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.
RTÉ\'s Independent Commissions and Production Unit have published their Annual report for 2020. RTÉ cut funding to the independent sector in 2020 by 9%. Missing their statutory requirement by €3 million. The report shows how RTÉ increase its low levels of funding to children\'s programming by 40%, to just over €5 million, this compares to €3.6 million in 2019, all children\'s content is now produced independently, with no children\'s commissions for Radio in either year, the increase was due in large to RTÉ\'s Home School Hub. Drama and Comedy across TV and Radio saw a drop in funding with just €1.8 million spent on TV drama and comedy, which includes just two dramas yet to be broadcast, €265,000 worth of Drama and Comedy was commission for Radio.
RTÉ have defended their TV documentary and podcast series GunPlot following Des O\'Malley\'s accusations that he had not been contacted by the producers of the series, saying that \