rte in 2016
rte in 2016
rte in 2016
rte in 2016
In fairness to RTÉ TV its been a big year for them with 1916 celebrations, the general election, the Euro's 2016 and Rio 2016. A summer of sport and a year of celebration and change. In fairness to the national broadcaster they delivered and Autumn on both channels seems to try to keep up. RTE, like other broadcasters are suffering, and you'd have to ask if their autumn line up really works
In 2001 UTV (proper) had a market share of 10% south of the border. In the 1990s it benefited great from Ray Burke's limits on RTÉ advertising. It was the de facto commercial Television service. In 2001 TV3 and RTÉ2 also had an audience share of 10% each. By 2014 on the announcement of UTV Ireland UTV (proper) had just 3% of the market. You can imagine why, when TV3 dropped Coronation Street, UTV saw this an opportunity to regain lost ground.
I have only met Pat Rabbitte, former Labour Party Leader, once. First impressions last as they say. I found him to be rude and powerless, this was at the height of his career as Minister for Communications. I decided to rush down to Cork to go to RTÉ's 50th celebrations at UCC. It was made up of the usual heads and a few of the public. Actually having it in Cork meant that much of the Dublin media were absent, meaning a slightly better conversation about Broadcasting in Ireland.
UTV Ireland has announced it is to extend its weekly entertainment bulletin from its current 5 minute slot to 30 mins. The new extended version of the show will air each Friday between Coronation Street at 8pm. The series will continue to be sponsored by Diet Coke and presented by Jenny Buckley. The series has constantly earned the channel 200,000 viewers and it expects to replicate this success in its new Friday Night time slot.
Mary Curtis head of UTV Ireland has announced her decision to leave UTV. She will leave in February 2016. On her resignation Mary Curtis said she always intended to consider her position at the end of the first year. UTV Ireland got off to a rocky start during its first year on the air earning the channel an average of 7% share of the audience. A significant increase from 3% that UTV had in 2014.
IFTA announced their 23 categories and the nominations for each category. Comedy and Soap have been merged for a number of the categories due possibly to the low number of dramas produced by the industry, however both comedy and soap are given their own categories with Fair City facing off against newcomer Red Rock, though IFTA failed to give a nod to Ros Na Run, which failed to make the cut at this year’s awards. Irish Pictorial Weekly, Moone Boy, Mrs Browns Boys and The Savage Eye are all up for best comedy, with Damo and Ivor getting a nomination the acting categories
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have awarded Discovery's EuroSport rights to The Olympic Games 2018 to 2024 in over 50 European Countries. Previously FiveSport had won the same rights and it was through these rights that RTÉ was able to buy The Olympic Games 2016. The games have been awarded to Discovery Communications owners of pan-European TV satellite broadcaster EuroSport, however rights do not cover British or French rights.
The BBC have announced they are to remove TV channel BBC Three from traditional TV broadcast and move it to online only. The planned move was put into motion 6 months ago when the BBC executive asked the BBC trust for the move. The trust set out a number of conditions for the move, but it is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2016. A final decision will be made on the 27th of July.
Into its third season and Hannibal has gone into to slow mow mode. Literally nothing that has been said in the first four episodes could not have been said in the first episode. The first two seasons of Hannibal dealt with both Hannibal’s persona and his relationship with FBI Agent Graham. To be honest the first two season were able to get into your head, a psychotic mind produced on the TV. It allowed for good quality police procedural and a thriller along with a story arc of mistrust and friendship.
The Matrix was a game changer in terms of the action and science fiction genre, the then Wachowski Brothers produced a film that would change the action movie. The beginning of the film franchise got off to a great start, but its two follow up films made little sense. Since The Matrix I have always liked the idea of seeing another great Wachowski film. The Wachowskis still fail to meet their own high standards. Their latest summer blockbuster was a bizarre tale of a long lost Princess, which reminded me of Santa Claus: The Movie. Sense8 doesn't leave me with much hope.
Taxi Brooklyn is based on the French film franchise Taxi. The premise of the French film a bumbling police detective (Frédéric Dienfenthal) unable to drive is driven around the city by a Taxi Driver (Samy Nasri) in a supped up car is reduced to a police detective being driven around by a taxi driver. The frenetic pace of the films is lost in this TV adaptation, which decides that it is a straight forward police procedural drama.
RTÉ are celebrating the 2nd Birthday of RTÉjr with the return of some of previous cast members of The Den. Zig and Zag is a new animated series which will broadcast on RTÉ's dedicated channel to the under 6s. The new series comes 30 years after the debut of Dempsey’s Den on Irish screens in 2016.
Sometimes you have to say you miss Pat Kenny from The Late Late Show. That pretender Tubs really has not made that much of an impact. For all the criticisms of Pat Kenny on the Late Late he did do some of this best work on the show, Ireland's most watch chat show. Though unfortunately he did have some major gaffs but in fairness to him his interview with the cast of Jackass shows he's clearly happy to laugh at his mistakes and move on, though perhaps this phone call to the Late Late was the fault of the producers, who without knowing possibly made comedy gold.
UTV Ireland's first chat show is to begin broadcasting in May. The series is produced by COCO television for UTV. Pat Kenny will host the show and his first guest will be Chris Hadfeild, a Canadian Astronaut. The interviews are pre-recorded in the Mansion House's Round Room. This is one of a handful of Irish programmes to be produce by the new channel, reports suggest that the show will run for 5 consecutive weeks before taking a break and will then return in the autumn for a further run of 8 programmes.
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?
RTÉ2's decision to air Friends in prime time seems like the easy and simplest way for the channel to schedule during those Soap Opera hours. The stripped schedule for niche broadcasters has been the backbone to most cable services of the past 25 years and is largely over looked by Mainstream TV particularly in prime time. Niche TV seems to be slowly dying away with reports that Viacom (and other owners of niche TV stations) showing their stripped schedules are being replaced by on demand viewing such as Netflix. On demand viewing will eventually hit Mainstream broadcasters and as Netflix begin producing more and more of their own content it will see growth for its on-demand service. But you have to question RTÉ2's decision on Friends.
TV3 has signed a contract with the BAI to extend its licence for its time shift channel, TV3 +1. TV3 original signed an extension to its Public Service Contract with the BAI in December to allow it to broadcast TV3 +1 on cable services. On December 2nd, 2014, TV3+1 began broadcasting on the UPC cable network, the BAI and TV3 signed an extension to the TV3 contract on December 22nd, 2014. On February 24th, 2015 the BAI and TV3 signed an extension to the contract to included satellite and digital terrestrial television.
TV3 is under pressure to retain and gain an audience. It's not a task many in TV would relish. An over saturated advertising opt-out market and declining audiences for Irish TV channels from both live and on-demand content providers. Jeff Ford exits to Fox in the UK leaving his successor, Lynda McQuaid, with a massive drop in audience share from when he started back in 2009.
TV3 will be available on UPC and Sky platforms in HD from August just in time for the Rugby World Cup. TV3 confirmed its exclusive coverage of the Rugby World Cup: England 2015. All 48 matches will air on TV3 in September providing free-to-air coverage across Ireland on Saorview. The announcement was made at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Thursday (26/02/2015). Coverage will be hosted by Matt Copper.
Disney XD are reviving the 1980s series and it is set to be released in 2017 as part of Disney XDs line up. Disney are returning to Duckburg to revisit the McDuck family. The series will be produce by Disney Television Animation. Scrooge McDuck will be joined by his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and Donald Duck. The Announcement was made by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD.
Tuesday Nights (24/02/2015) coverage of UEFA Champions League on TV3 reached 887,400 viewers for Manchester City v Barcelona. The average audience for the match was 270,900 with Barcelona's 2-1 victory over City. TV3 took 18% of the available audience. TV3 will continue to have Tuesday Night UEFA Champions League matches for the next 4 season, having recently signed a 3 year deal with UEFA to retain the rights.
Red Rock is Ireland's latest soap opera. A good series so far, however it audience numbers have dwindled since its first episode aired in January. This fall was to be expected with any new soap or drama however TV3's other programmes are causing Red Rock's haemorrhaging of viewers. Had Red Rock premiered on either RTÉ ONE or UTV Ireland it would have seen a huge bounce in numbers due to the different level of programming available on TV3's main competitors.
No matter what the official view from the Oireachtas the public will pay for its service to broadcast on Saorview, the national free to air digital platform in Ireland. Saorview was launched in 2011 and since then OTV has remained off the service due to a dispute between the Houses of the Oireachtas and RTÉ's transmissions company, 2RN. 2RN is the company behind Ireland's broadcast infrastructure, it provides services for RTÉ, TV3, TG4 and Communicorp. It is expected that UTV Ireland will also be available on 2RN's Saorview platform. But the issue of cost has hampered much of Saorview’s development. 2RN sets the value of broadcasting a Standard Definition channel on the platform at €900,000 per year. The House of the Oireachtas are unwilling to pay this charge as they feel that 2RN is public body and should give them free passage on the public’s distribution network.
Oireachtas TV has lauched on pay platform Sky. In the dail the Minsiter for Communications, Alex White T.D., stated Sections 125 and 126 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 make the necessary provision to allow for the development of an Oireachtas TV channel to be known as the “Houses of the Oireachtas Channel” on the SAORVIEW TV network. The legislation provides that the channel should be established by the Commission of the Houses of the Oireachtas and that the oversight of the channel should be the responsibility of the Joint Administration Committee, which is a joint committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Sound and Vision funding is in its second iteration and the BAI have given out €5.2 million in funding in round 21. The funding comes from the Television Licence Fee. TV3's new soap, Red Rock, has been awarded €800,000 for 18 percent of its production costs consisting of 104 episodes, while new TV channel UTV Ireland has been given funding for a drama called Pilgrimage and a two part documentary series, hinting at its addition to the Saorview platform.
RTÉ 2 launch their Autumn/Winter Schedule in Dublin on Thursday. A new look for the service was also launch, this is the 7th rebranding of the service since its inception in 1978. RTÉ 2's aim is to be the voice of young Ireland aiming its commissions at the 15 to 35 year old age group. Reality, Lifestyle, OnDemand and Comedy are core to the new season on RTÉ 2.
By in large TV3's new 2014/2015 schedule has been well outline, in many different publications. An hour of Xposé with a new host, Anton Savage moving from Ireland AM, the arrival of a new Irish soap titled Red Rock, new entertainment programmes The Algorithm, Blind Date and Sitting on a Fortune. That there would be new faces and new talent. The gala affair at the Mansion House in Dublin only just confirmed what has large been anticipated. Just don’t mention the final 3 months of some programmes moving to “them over across the border”. In fairness to TV3 their launch is to be admired, for years Ireland has been calling on some new competition.
TG4 have announced their programmes for 2014 and 2015. TG4's strong eye for Documentary and original drama (both home and abroad) are captured throughout the new season. Documentary’s include Torthaí na Daoirse, which recounts the strike by Dunnes Stores workers in Dublin against Apartheid in South Africa. Corp 's Anam returns for a second series of the successful crime drama series.
UTV Ireland is set to start broadcasting in 2015. In August UTV Ireland set about allaying any fears that the advertisers may have about their content since the announcement that they bought Coronation Street and Emmerdale last November. The channel fleshed out its package of programming from ITV Studios, while also announcing two new presenters for the channel. Alison Comyn launched the channels meet and greet event in Dublin City. A slate of ITV programmes were announced such as Doc Martin, Prime Suspect and Mr. Selfridge. The big announcement that Pat Kenny would revive his TV career in early 2015 on UTV Ireland was left to the end. But confusing messages are being made to Ireland's TV audiences.
RTÉ's plan to remove the RTÉjr strand of programming from RTÉ TWO has been knocked back. According to the Minister for Communications the plans, which were submitted to his department in April 2013, have been returned to RTÉ and RTÉ are to re-submit plans for RTÉ TWO and RTÉjr later this year. No decision was made by the Minister in relation to original plans, though it was expected that he would refuse RTÉ's proposal to move such programming off RTÉ TWO's schedules. Under the Broadcasting Act 2009 any changes to a public service broadcasters (RTÉ, TG4 and Oireachtas TV) must be first approved by the Minister for Communications and the minister must consult with various organisations
TV3 has announced that its sister channel will broadcast Conor McGregor's homecoming fight, after reaching an agreement with The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC Fight Night Dublin will feature McGregor V Brandao on the 19th of July at The o2 areana in Dublin. This is the first time a UFC fight will be broadcast by an Irish free-to-air broadcaster.
UTV Ireland are getting ready for their launch on 1 January 2015. They have produced a Green and Yellow version of their standard UTV logo but with word Ireland located just beneath the TV part of the logo. The logo was launched today (19/06/2014) less than six months from their launch. The Logo Launch coincides with a meeting with independent producers and UTV's management. UTV is set to look to commission new Irish programming for the channel outside of News and Current Affairs.
RTÉ have announce their summer schedule. The usual mix of summer replacement chat with Saturday Night with Miriam and the epic nights of The Rose of Tralee. A new entertainment show with Adian Power will replace the now axed The Big Money Game. Impersonator Oliver Callahan brings his Radio 1 show Callan's Kicks to the TV for the summer. RTÉ Two will announce their World Cup team on Thursday.
Charlie Cox has been cast as Matt Murdock (AKA Daredevil) in the Marvel produced TV series for Netflix. The show is set to premier on Netflix in 2015. The character was previously played by Ben Affleck in the 2003 movie. The series is part of a set of programmes to be produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios for Netflix.
On Tuesday (20/05/2014) the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced funding given to producers for the production of TV, Film and Radio through the Sound and Vision Fund. The Sound and Vision Fund comes from the TV licence fee and is diverted from RTÉ to support a range of public service broadcasting across community, local, commercial and national broadcast services.
TV3 announced changes today at an event in the Shelbourne hotel. TV3 have a fight on their hands, with just 8 months before UTV Ireland arrives TV3 announced some of their plans for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, bring them into 2016. TV3 announced their full summer schedule, which includes The Great Irish Bake Off and where insisting that TV3 aren't just another opt-out service. TV3 expect to double their factual programming output. With production of their first soap after 18 years on the air to start in October.
Irish TV is to begin broadcasting tonight with a special live programming at 20:00 (1/5/2014). Irish TV started out as a live regional on-line service for County Mayo, known as mayotv.ie. Over the last few years the channel began to provide its content on the satellite TV service Showcase, which is run by the UK broadcaster Information TV. The channel is now preparing to achieve a single channel for news with a local angel from across Ireland. Largely the channel is aimed at the ex-pat market in Britain, with local news coming from each of the counties across the Ireland. The channel is currently available on Sky in Ireland and the UK and FreeSat in the UK. The channel is also available on-line, with shows available on demand.
The GAA have announced Broadcast rights for the next 4 years. GAA provide a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches to Television. A total of 31 games will be provided to RTÉ. Sky will take the remaining 14 games, a move by the GAA into Pay TV, resulting in the loss of these games by TV3.
The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, T.D., is expected to announce a new broadcasting strategy, the news comes after the BAI's Report into the "Prospects for a Commercial DTT in Ireland?", which stated that the Digital Terrestrial Platform gave little diversity outside RTÉ channels. The new broadcasting strategy is to build on the current Broadcasting Act but will lead to new legislation in the future, which will incorporate the new Broadcasting charge as announced by the minister in 2013. It is expect that the Minister and his department are keen to push new services on to the DTT network, particularly the Oirechtas TV channel and the Irish Film Board Channel.
RTÉ's game show The Lyrics Broad continues to be a strong title for RTÉ and its producers. In a recent report into TV Formats in Europe the programme came in at 58 on the top 100 list of formats airing on European TV in 2013. The report puts The Lyrics Board ahead of major programmes such as The X-Factor, Wife Swap, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Undercover Boss, Take Me Out and Masterchef. Acording to a report carried out by Digital TV Research the value of TV formats in 2012 was $2.931 billion. The Lyrics Board was originally produced by Like It, Love It Productions for RTÉ and hosted by Aonghus McAnally in the 1990s. The series returned to RTÉ in the 2000s hosted this time by Linda Martin. RTÉ produced a young people's version of the show for TRTÉ in 2011, it was called Sing!
The loss of Coronation Street and Emmerdale is a big blow to TV3. TV3 have made a decision to replace both shows with a home grown soap. Even if the series only last one year, it is a welcome change. Fair City and Ros Na Run will both have home grown competition. It can only up the standards in soap, however new soaps haven't always gone to plan, and older ones got lost in the amount of soaps provided. British soap took a turn for its worst in the 2000s.
In 2013 RTÉ moved into mid-morning TV with Morning Edition, its first week showing an average of 18,600 viewers tuning to the show. Late last year (2013) TV3 moved into afternoon television with Late Lunch Live, the first 3 months of the show saw an auidence of 26,000 viewers. Morning TV remains strong for TV3 with its 49,600 viewers on average across nearly 4 hours of TV each morning in the first two months of 2014, or a 25% audience share for Ireland AM. RTÉ One continues to command afternoon TV with a new programme starting nearly every 2 years. Today's audience having about 110,000 viewers on average or a 15% share of the audience.
Sean Moncrieff is to return to TV Screens as a quiz show host on TV3. Crossfire is the latest quiz show format from TV3. TV3 have reported that they are delighted with the reception of their current quiz-show The Lie, which saw an average audience of 200,000 viewers. Both show air on the channel at 8pm Monday and Friday each week, Crossfire will take over from The Lie when it finishes its run in March.
Irish Film and Television Award Nominees have been announced.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have signed a broadcasting content contract with "UTV Ireland".
It is looking more and more likely that RTÉ will retained the rights to show EastEnders in a new deal with BBC Worldwide, which extends their current agreement. The agreement includes a wide variety of genre programming for the Irish Broadcaster from Comedy to Documentary.
The Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, T.D., is expected to block RTÉ's plans to move their RTÉjr strand from RTÉ Two according to The Sunday Times. A report into the planed move was announced in April 2013 when TV3 objected to the move. The BAI submitted this report to the Minister in July 2013, in November 2013 in the Dail Minister Rabbitte said he expected to be able to make a decision shortly, he restated in the Dail that he would be make a decision shortly in Feburary 2014. The Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland stated that they were unaware of the move during the recent Five-year Review of Public funding, however the review took place during 2013 and was published some months after RTÉ's request.
Gavin Jennings and Jimmy McGee are to commentate on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Winter Olympic Games on RTÉ News Now. Coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be live on the channel. The opening ceremony coverage starts at 16:15 on RTÉ News Now tomorrow (07/02/2014), highlights will air each night of the games after the RTÉ Nine News. The highlights programming is provided to RTÉ from the Olympic Broadcast Services. Graphics will also be provided courtesy of OBS. RTÉ have not stated whether RTÉ News Now's live news ticker and panels will remain on screen during the duration of their Winter Olympics Coverage.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has entered negotiations with UTV Ireland, with it to begin broadcasting in 2015. The licence will come under Section 71 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, unlike TV3, RTÉ and TG4, the new service from UTV does not have the same additional requirements for content and it also pays a different type of levy to the BAI. The BAI will now enter into contract negotiations with UTV Ireland Limited.
The most important part of the Super Bowl was the FOX network's teasers for 24:Live Another Day, which is due to premier on the 5th of May 2014. Jack Bauer at the end of Season 8 went into hiding in one of the most energetic exits to a TV series in 2010 (4 years ago!). The teaser shows Jack and Chloe on the run in London. The series is due to air on Sky One. Also Go Seahawks!
E-Vision (Eircom's television division) has announced 17 new channels to begin broadcasting on their service. RTÉ ONE and TG4 will join RTÉ TWO in HD, while 12 new channels have been added to the E-Vision Essential Pack (Comedy Central +1, Channel 4 +1, E4+1, More 4+1, Film4+1, Bloomberg, Euronews, God.TV, EWTN, QVC, TRTÉ, CÙLA4). E-Vision's Sky Movie Pack has added Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Crime and Thriller, Sky Movies Drama and Romance, Sky Movies Sci-Fi and Horror and Sky Movies Select.
Golden Globes 2014 awards in Television and Film have been announce at the annual ceremony in LA. Top awards when to Breaking Bad, American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave. U2 took best original song for Ordinary Love from the Mandela Soundtrack.
TAM Ireland have announce the TV viewing audience shares for 2013. RTÉ One remained Ireland's favourite channel with 20% (down 2.6%), followed by TV3 at 10.7% (down 0.8%), RTÉ Two had 7.3%(down 2.7%), TG4 was down slightly to 2% share (down 0.1%), while 3e had a 2.3% share (up 0.5%). RTÉ One +1's share was 0.5%. UTV share was at 2.8% (down 0.3%). Setanta had just 0.3% of the audience.
A report by Oliver & Ohlbaum puts the final nail into the coffin of Irish Broadcasting as its findings have been published by the BAI. The report was commissioned by the BAI after the failed 2008 Commerical Digital Terrestrial TV licensing round, which saw big players Communicorp, UPC, RTÉ, TV3 and Eircom all pull out of negotiations with RTÉ's 2RN. The report was formally given to the BAI in August 2013 and has just been published today. Saorview was launched in 2011 with a tiny number of channels in comparison to its European counterparts.
RTÉ have launched their spring schedule for 2014. The launch begins tonight at 21:35 on RTÉ as they broadcast the feature length documentary The Summit. The documentary follows a team of mountaineers climbing K2. 11 members of the team failed to return.
TV3's 2013 was up and down. Financial pressures increased during the year with the decision by the government to sell on TV3's loan book as part of the liquidation of IRBC (formally Anglo Irish Bank) and the continued dip in advertising revenue through out the year. In November the announcement that many of TV3's top shows would move to UTV in early 2015 was a surprise blow to the channel. Since that announcement TV3 have been able to hold on to some of its top shows, including Downton Abbey and The X Factor. TV3 then announced that its owners Doughty Hanson (DH) had bought back their loan book from the government at a discount, preventing such loans ending up as part of NAMA.
The BAI have issued a statement today, 2nd January 2014, outline their achievements in 2013. 2013 was the first full year without analogue television and the development of HD television services. Radio licences were re-advertised. The biggest television news story of the year was the entry of UTV into the television marketplace.
TG4 will broadcast the final season of Breaking Bad from the 8th of January 2014. The highly acclaimed series was shown on the channel over the course of 2012 and 2013 and they will finish the series off a few months after its original run on AMC and Netflix. Joining Breaking Bad on TG4 in the New Year is the highly acclaimed Danish political drama Borgen which starts on the 30th January 2014. Irish short film series Scéal (Story) returns on the 7th of Janurary 2014.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has issued just under €4.5million to new Irish TV and Radio programmes. The Sound and Vision Fund is supported through the Television Licence Fee. 88 new radio projects and 21 TV projects were awarded funding out of 287 applications, with applications coming from 16 different genre/format categories. In total the TV projects will receive just under €4million, while radio project will receive just over €500,000.
The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) have announced that it is to fund a new capital project for TG4. The project was launched by the Minister (Pat Rabbitte, T.D.) at TG4 Headquarters in Baile na hAbhann. The project receive €690,000 from DCENR. The Minister met with the board of TG4 and visited the state of the art studios in the Gaeltach region of Co. Galway.
The French international will be part of BBC Sports presentation team during the Rio World Cup 2014. He will join Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville and Alan Hansen. Henry will warm up for the role with a studio appearance on Match of the Day, Tonight (14/12/2013).
Equity firm Doughty Hanson has bought TV3 outstanding debt from Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). Doughty Hanson are major investors in TV3's parent company Tullamore Beta. The Debt was part of the IRBC's special liquidation. The majority of Doughty Hanson's bid was financed by BlueBay Ireland.TV3's debt was part of the sale of IBRC's assets by KPMG in an open auction process. According to TV3 the new lending facilities are long term and at commercial rates.
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Saorview will launch their second HD channel on the platform. Currently just RTÉ TWO HD is available on the national free-to-air network. TG4 and TV3 have yet to launch on the platform in HD, however TG4 HD is available the pay-platform UPC. The launch comes just in time for Christmas and the many christmas movies that are available over the christmas period on the Channel. The second mux from RTÉ recently opened, and viewers had been asked over the last few week to retune their sets on the Saorview platform. RTÉ One, RTÉ One+1 and RTÉjr all moved over to the second mux, this is in the antispation of the arrival of RTÉ One HD.
TG4 and Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh (NUIG) are looking for members of the public to join a new Viewer Panel (Painéal Lucht Féachana) for TG4. The Panel's aim is to capture the viewing habits and preferences of Irish Speakers (Phobal na Gaeilge). Membership of the panel is aimed at Irish speakers through out the country (ar fud na tíre). The researchers are looking for fluent Irish speakers over the age of 15 (15 bliana d’aois nó os a chionn) to take part in The Panel.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will meet with the public, producers and broadcasters about broadcasting standards in an open forum on Thursday December 12, 2013. The event will be held at the Smock Alley Theatre from 9:30am to 1pm, in Dublin City. With a live web broadcast of the event .
Channel 4's hit quiz show Fifteen to One is to return to Channel 4. Remedy Productions has been commissioned by Madeleine Knight, Channel 4's head of Entertainment, to produce a new run of the series. The original series ended in 2003. A celebrity special was produce for Channel 4's 1980s night hosted by Adam Hill, he is set to return for more celebrity specials. The main series will be hosted by Sandi Toksvig for 20 episodes which will move to daytime.
The BBC has announced that they are to launch 5 new free-to-air channels across all platforms. Five of their existing non-HD terrestrial services are going HD, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBeebies and CBBC. Those channels will also provide their programmes in HD on their on-demand service, the BBC iPlayer. The channels are launching just in time for Christmas. The services launch tomorrow the 10/12/2013.
TV3 have announced Jonathan McCrea as the host of their new quiz show, The Lie. Jonathan McCrea is known for his work on Newstalk's Futureproof and RTÉ's The Science Squad. The quiz show will aim to test contestants wits as they a put under the pressure of lies to reach the jackpot prize of €10,000. The series is an STV/TV3 co-production filmed in Dublin at TV3's HD Sony Studio. It is expected to air on TV3 in the new year with 10 episode, filming begins on Monday the 9th of December.
Doctor Who has outperformed other drama's on the BBC with its 50th anniversary special, The Day of The Doctor. 12.8 million people in Britain have now watched since its premier on the 23 November 2013. The show became the most requested show in the 24 hours after broadcast with 1.27 million requests on the BBC On Demand service, BBC iPlayer. The drama generated 442,692 mentions on twitter, with 12,939 tweets per minute during the opening moments of the programme.
TV3 may have just scored an own goal. TV3's sister channel 3e had a 5% share of the audience last week. Up more than 100% from previous weeks. 3e's biggest import landed 12 Celebrities in the great Australian Outback for 3 weeks of nasty food, creep crawlies, rats and snakes. I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and its sister show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now both make 3e's top ten with IACGMOFH topping UTV's top 10 programmes. Meanwhile TV3 audience share dropped to 10% for the week down from 11%. IACGMOFH is key to 3e becoming Ireland's 4th most watch TV channel, beating BBC One and UTV. 2014 sees TV3's last series of IACGMOFH airing on 3e as in 2015 the series moves to UTV as part of its deal with ITV.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have announced the closing dates for the Sound and Vision fund 2014. The BAI award the fund from 7% of the TV licence fee. Generally independent producers apply for funding, though broadcasters can directly apply for funding from the scheme. In 2014 there will be 3 rounds. The first and last rounds will be open to submission from all types of programming for Radio and TV, while the second round will target Animation and Education.
In the light of UTV's acquisition of the Irish rights to key ITV soaps TV3 have announced that they will continue to hold the rights to major ITV programmes such as The X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. TV3 have signed a 3 year deal with FremantleMedia, ending speculation that UTV would also target such shows from the ITV schedules.
BSkyB have announce that they are to add an additional 14 channels to their SkyGo service. The 14 new channels are to be added to SkyGo's existing line up and will provided the widest range of entertainment channel available online. The 14 channels are:- MTV, Comedy Central, GOLD, Watch, Dave, Alibi, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, History, Good Food, and Eden.
TG4 (The Irish Language Broadcaster) has published its Annual Report for 2011. TG4 employs 100 people and indirectly supports 300 jobs in the TV production sector. In 2010 it provided €58m to the economy, while supporting some additional 1000 jobs. In 2011 TG4 produced 1615 of new programming. TG4 received awards for An Píopa, Na Cloigne and 1916 Seachtar na Cásca.