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.
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.
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.
An Taisce (The Irish National Trust) has decided to bring the British Government to court following what it calls an unlawful decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish Coast.
The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter T.D., has made payment €250,000 to the UK based Irish Women Survivors Support Network (IWSSN). IWSSN provides support, advice and assistance to women survivors of Irish institutions. IWSSN is a charitable organisation and has been supported by Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) for many years.
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.