Sky News Ireland

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Sky News Ireland
Launched 24 May 2004
Owned by Sky Ireland
Sky Digital channel 501 (ROI)
Astra 2B 12207 V
Chorus NTL channel 202 & VHF analogue

Sky News Ireland was a programme block on Sky News which broadcast in the Ireland only. The block was a separate feed from the UK version and was broadcast from local offices in Dublin. It was available worldwide on Sky News Active (red button). During this block the UK continued to have the UK version.

Sky News UK & Ireland is now available throughout Ireland.

Launching in May 2004, the channel block consisted of 30 minutes and was broadcast at 19:00h and 22:00h.

They were presented by Gráinne Seoige, news anchor Ray Kennedy and Brian Daly. On 24 October 2005, the 19:00h programme was moved to 18:30h, this put it in direct competition with RTÉ News: Six One.

The bulletin was also available to British viewers via the Sky News Active service (red button) which proved quite popular with Irish audiences in the UK. The channel was seen by European viewers with a DVB-S satellite receiver across Europe. Sky News Ireland was the first Irish news service to be broadcast in widescreen, beating plans by RTÉ News and TV3 News. On 27 December 2005 it was announced that Sky News Ireland's 18:30h bulletin was to be simulcast on Sky1 from 9 January 2006.

Reporters for the service included Jonathan Healy, Alison O'Reilly, Orla Chennnaoui, David Blevins, Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile, Geraldine Lynagh, Amanda Cassidy, Aisling Ni Choisdealbha and John Sherwin. Weather on Sky News Ireland was usually presented by Lisa Burke.

In October 2006, viewer ratings for the 22:00h programme were 135,000 avg, the 18:30 programme received 65,000 avg. (Neilsen).

On 31 October 2006 it was announced that the programme block would cease at the end of November 2006.[1] From 3 November 2006, no further Sky News Ireland bulletins were broadcast when the staff walked out. Ray Kennedy presented the final programme at 10.00pm on November 3,[2] after which the staff left in protest at the handling of the closure by their British Sky News managers in London[citation needed]

Although Irish programming has now ended, Sky News broadcasts local advertising to different regions throughout the UK and Ireland. A separate ad feed is broadcast on Sky News in standard definition only, which includes the Ireland region.