RTÉ News Now
|RTÉ News Now|
|RTÉ News Now Logo|
|Launched||12 June 2008|
|Owned by||Raidió Teilifís Éireann|
|Headquarters||Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4|
|Sister channel(s)||RTÉ One
|UPC Ireland||Channel 200|
|RTÉ News||Watch live (Worldwide)|
RTÉ News Now is a 24-hour news television network in the Republic of Ireland operated by Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ. The channel launched as RTÉ News Now available exclusively online on June 12, 2008. The channel began broadcasting as a free-to-air channel on October 29, 2010 on Saorview. It began broadcasting on channel 200 of UPC Ireland's basic Value pack on October 2, 2012.
The channel broadcasts free-to-air and commercial free. The channel is available in Ireland and globally online, on mobile phones and an iPhone/iPad application is also widely available free. The channel is operated by RTÉ's department RTÉ News and Current Affairs. The channel broadcasts in the Irish, English and ISL languages.
RTÉ News Now was originally available only to online users of the RTÉ website and on mobile phones when the channel launched on June 12, 2008. Availability of the channel improved during test trials of Saorview in December 2009. The channel has been made available since May 2010 on train services within Dublin city and surrounding regions under a special agreement between CIÉ and RTÉ. Previously, Sky News provided such a service. Since October 29, 2010 the channel is available free-to-air to 98% of homes throughout the Republic of Ireland through Saorview. Upon the announcement in February 2011 that RTÉ News Now would become a permanent fixture to the Saorview line-up a number of media organizations criticized such a move claiming RTÉ would continue to have a monopoly over news output within Ireland.
- The channel regularly simulcasts live news bulletins and current affairs programmes as they are broadcast on RTÉ One and/or RTÉ Two. The remaining programming on the channel serves as a replay service of the most recent news, sport and weather bulletins, the streaming of raw feeds of breaking news stories and 'filler' programmes such as 'news headlines'. The channel also air the latest breaking news stories in Ireland and around the world.
The channel airs live news programmes such as Six One, as they are broadcast on other RTÉ channels, along with weather forecasts. During other periods, live current affairs programmes such as Prime Time are shown. Outside of these hours the most recent show is repeated, looped, unless interrupted by live feeds of breaking news stories. Up to the minute financial data and weather are also broadcast on-air. As with many other stations, a live ticker is provided, across the bottom of the screen, providing headlines sourced from content on the broadcaster's website.
RTÉ have proposed some changes to the RTÉ News Now schedule, when Saorview launches in May 2011. It proposes that the schedule provides additional content such as:-
- Television News Bulletins at 08:00 and 09:00 during Morning Ireland
- Entertainment content from RTÉ TEN (RTÉ entertainment website)
- Providing News2Day from TRTÉ on RTÉ News Now
- Additional Irish Language Bulletins
- Sporting events that RTÉ have rights to but cannot currently provide coverage due to scheduling conflicts
- Extra sporting analysis that currently runs on RTÉ's live internet service
- Euronews from 00:00 each night until 07:00.
The channel airs the following RTÉ news programmes live:
- Morning Ireland
- Morning Edition
- RTÉ News: One O'Clock (including Cinnlínte Nuachta)
- RTÉ News: Six One
- RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock
- RTÉ News on Two
- Nuacht RTÉ (Irish language) (including RTÉ News with Signing)
Regular news bulletins and weather forecasts shown on RTÉ One and Two throughout the day are also simulcast on RTÉ News Now.
Breaking news 
RTÉ News Now provides detailed analysis of breaking news stories domestically and internationally.
Overnight and special simulcasts 
Current affairs 
It broadcasts these current affairs shows:
RTE News Rebrand 
On February 9, 2009, RTÉ News received a major revamp, with a new 'walk-around' studio, new music, titles and graphics. The new look also lead to the revamp of RTÉs New's Now on-screen rolling tickers. Weather forecasts form of a core of the news bulletins, like much of RTÉ's news. During commercial breaks a new RTÉ News Now ident is shown.
On May 25, 2011 RTÉ News Now revamped its on-screen identity giving viewers more detailed content.
The channel is available nation-wide as of October 29, 2010 on Saorview, Ireland's national digital terrestrial service. On October 2, 2012 it also launched on UPC Ireland. The channel is available online throughout the world, without restriction. The service is available through a special iPhone application. Currently, the service is available in Windows Media Player and RealPlayer formats, and in Flash H.264 format on the Ireland-only RTÉ player. Mobile operator O2 has launched a mobile TV service in the Irish market featuring RTÉ News Now, along with other channels. On January 19, 2010 RTÉ announced a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It was announced on May 19, 2010 that RTÉ News Now would begin appearing on Transvision digital screens in the main Dublin Bus and Train stations (Heuston, Connolly, Pearse and Busaras). In November 2010, the service became available, free of charge, on Android smartphone customers through the app store, Android Market for use over 3G networks and wi-fi, regardless of service provider.
In October 2008, RTÉ News Now won the award for Business Services at the Inspired IT Awards in Dublin. In November 2010, RTÉ News Now iPhone app won Best Media app, Best Apple App and the Grand Prix awards at 'The Appy's 2010 with The Carphone Wareshouse'.
See also 
- App Store - RTÉ News Now 3G
- "RTÉ News Now links up with Transvision". RTÉ News. May 19, 2010.
- RTÉ gets approval for five digital TV channels » Inside Ireland
- RTE to defend its online presence | The Post
- "PVT Consultation Document". Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Ireland). Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- RTÉ Press Release
- "New Channels Announced". UPC Ireland. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Sunday Business Post - RTE to launch 24-hour online, mobile-accessible news channel
- Discussion at Damien Mulley's Blog
- Direct link to RTÉ news Now in the RTÉ player
- O2 launches TV in Ireland | Broadband TV News
- "RTÉ Launches a Free iPhone Application for RTÉ News Now". RTÉ News. January 19, 2010.
- "RTÉ News Now announced as new content partner for Transvision". RTÉ. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- RTÉ - RTÉ News Now Wins an Inspired IT Award in the Business Services category
- "Appy award winners announced". Irish Independent. November 5, 2010.
- RTÉ News Now
- RTÉ News Now on Twitter
- RTÉ News and Current Affairs including archived and on-demand material
- RTÉ Live