RTÉ News on Two
|RTÉ News on Two|
On-screen logo 9 February 2009
|Also known as||NewsNight (1978 - 1988), Network News (1988 - 1997), News2 (1997 - 2004)|
|Format||News, Weather, Sport|
|Presented by||Eileen Whelan, Aengus MacGrianna & Una O'Hagan.|
|Country of origin||Republic of Ireland|
|Editor(s)||Lynsey Kiely, Bethan Kilfoil, Paul Tanney & Aisling Bastable|
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Original channel||RTÉ Two|
|Original run||2 November 1978 – Present|
|Related shows||RTÉ News: Six One, RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock|
RTÉ News on Two is RTÉ's late evening news programme. The programme is broadcast Monday-Friday on the Irish RTÉ Two TV channel. It does not have a regular time slot, but is usually broadcast at some point between 22:45 and 23:30. It runs for 10 minutes. Until January 2013, the programme was broadcast every Monday to Thursday, lasting 22 Minutes. A world weather forecast follows each broadcast.
RTÉ News on Two takes a different agenda to other RTÉ News and Current Affairs programmes. Its content is customised for a younger audience, and presenters and journalists tend to use more informal language on the programme. From October 2006 the bulletin was presented by Eileen Whelan, following the departure of Anthony Murnane, who was with the programme from the beginning. Eamonn Falvey edited the programme from April 2007 until December 2009. Gareth O'Connor was the programme Editor until 2010. As of January 2013, Aengus Mac Grianna presents the programme on a full time basis (Monday - Thursday only) with Kate Egan presenting the Friday programme. It is currently mainly presented by Eileen Whelan, Aengus MacGrianna & Una O'Hagan.
Since 5 March 2007, RTÉ News on Two has been streamed live on the internet and archive shows are available to view through the RTÉ website. For the duration of the 2011 general election campaign, RTÉ News on Two in its regular format was only aired on Thursday night, with a reformatted programme, The Eleventh Hour, airing Monday-Wednesday (with a short RTÉ News on Two extended summary airing beforehand).
The programme began as Newsnight in 1978 and was broadcast at the end of programming during much of the RTÉ Two's first 10 years on the air. It was largely an international news service with reports from BBC News, ITN and some American networks.
On 3 October 1988, RTÉ Two re-launched as Network 2 and their news programme was relaunched as Network News - it was a regular RTÉ News and Current Affairs but the name reflected the name of the channel it was broadcast on.
In 1997, as part of RTÉ's revamp of Network 2 as "N2", the programme was completely changed and renamed News 2. News 2 was presented by Sharon Ní Bheoláin (who had presented Nuacht RTÉ for a number of years) and Anthony Murnane. Both presenters would present alternating weeks, with another presenter for the sports news. Unlike RTÉ News on RTÉ One News 2 was presented from a green screen studio, the presenters sat on high stools, the main news presenter would sit on the right while the sports presenter on the left at different desks.
In 2003, RTÉ began another rebranding exercise and choose to highlight what channels they own hence N2 was relaunched as RTÉ N2 (however continuity referred to the channel as RTÉ Network 2). The RTÉ Network 2 news programme was restored to the regular RTÉ News look and branding (as "RTÉ News on Two"), and now broadcasts from the regular RTÉ News studio, but many of the innovations of News 2 and the younger agenda remain. For example, the presenter usually stands to introduce the first story.
Other RTÉ News and Current Affairs programmes include: