UTV Ireland

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UTV Ireland
UTV Ireland Logo.jpg
UTV Ireland Logo 2014
Launched 5 January 2015 (2015-01-05)
Owned by UTV Media Ireland
Slogan "Part of U"
Country Republic of Ireland
Language English
Broadcast area Ireland
Headquarters UTV Ireland Limited, Macken House,Mayor Street Upper, Dublin 1
Sister channel(s) UTV Northern Ireland
Website www.utvireland.ie
Availability
Terrestrial
Saorview Channel TBA
Satellite
Sky Channel TBA
Cable
UPC Ireland Channel TBA
eVision Channel TBA

UTV Ireland is a forthcoming television channel to broadcast in the Republic of Ireland. The channel will be operated by UTV Media's subsidiary UTV Ireland Ltd and the channel is expected to launch on 5 January 2015 (2015-01-05).[1]

History[edit]

On 6 November 2013 (2013-11-06) UTV Media announced its subsidiary UTV Ireland Ltd would launch a new television channel targeting audiences within the Republic of Ireland and submitted to obtain a license for a 'Content Provision Contract' to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Announcement on the BAI's decision will be revealed in due course. The channel's headquarters is based in Dublin with local offices to be opened in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. UTV Media's existing headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland will also be utilized.

The channel aims to employ 100 people, with 30 of these jobs being based around the country.[2]

UTV announced it now holds Republic of Ireland broadcasting rights to key programming from ITV Studios Global Entertainment this includes shows as Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and The Jeremy Kyle Show among other shows. TV3 currently holds the broadcasting rights for these programmes to air in the Republic of Ireland. As of early 2015, TV3 will no-longer air these programmes.[3]

The announcement of the channel was welcomed by the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte TD[4] and TV3's CEO David McRedmond welcomed the channels launch saying it is good news for the independent sector and all money that was spent on ITV programming by TV3 can be reinvested elsewhere.[5] In January 2014 The Sunday Time reported that TV3 had launched a lobbying campaign against the establishment of UTV Ireland.[6]

On 27 February 2014 (2014-02-27) the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland signed a contract with UTV.[7]

On 29 April 2014 (2014-04-29) Mary Curtis became UTV Ireland's first Head of Channel. She is the first Female head of a TV service in Ireland.She was following by other appointments to the new channnel many coming from TV3 Staff.

Launch preparations are gathering pace with building space upgrading for studios, broadcasting lines and positioning as well as planning permissions being advanced.[8]

Brand[edit]

UTV Ireland uses the UTV brand. The blue and yellow have been replaced by green and yellow. The letter "U" has been superscripted while the letters "TV" sit on top of the word "Ireland".

Programming[edit]

Irish Produced Programming[edit]

So far UTV have announced a handful of Irish programmes for the channel's launch in 2015. They have also announced that Pat Kenny will join the channel in 2015, however they have not suggested what type of programme he will present on the channel.

News and Current Affairs[edit]

The main evening news will air at 18:00 will be titled Ireland Live and their late night news will be titled Ireland Live at Ten, it is expected that both with be hosted by Alison Comyn. The Friday night edition of Ireland Live will focus on Sport.[9]

Lifestyle[edit]

It is anticipated that UTV Ireland will try to imitate what as worked for them in Northern Ireland. A Lesser Spotted Ulster has been re-branded for the republic as Lesser Spotted Journeys Joe Mahon on his own unique journey to give us a fresh view of those special places we know and love in Ireland.

UTV's popular agricultural programme Rare Breed will also have a series produced for UTV Ireland. 22 Irish farming families currently being filmed across the country telling us about life as it really is over a year in their lives.

Paul and Nick will be UTV Ireland's first travel show as a Scotsman and an Irishman, best friends and chefs cooking up a storm on the high seas, state side.

Imported Programming[edit]

The main reason for entering the republics market has been down to ITV's decision to sell Coronation Street and Emmerdale to UTV over rivals TV3. UTV had enjoyed a large following in the Republic up until the 2000s but its audience share dwindled due to changing tastes and the arrival of Sky Digital, which does not carry UTV. UTV had profited greatly from the republics audience due to spillover and cable connections in the 1980s and 1990s.

Largely UTV Ireland will replicate UTV. There will be some exceptions as some rights to certain programmes are not available to UTV in the Republic and other programme rights are not available in Northern Ireland. For example the BBC's The Graham Norton Show will air on UTV Ireland, while ITV's The X-Factor remains with TV3.

Other imports include daytime ITV programmes such as Jeremy Kyle, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women. Only Jeremy Kyle has ever aired on a terrestrial channel in the republic.

Some ITV programming will air also on TV3 as they will continue to have rights to some shows until 2016. These shows include The Jonathan Ross Show, Mr Selfridge and And & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

UTV will also use ITV's back library of programmes on UTV Ireland Vera, Prime Suspect, Cracker, Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War will all air on the channel.

Other ITV shows include The Chase, Undeniable, Love Your Garden, The Cube and Doc Martin.

UTV have yet to announce any films or TV programmes from any other country.

UTV in Republic of Ireland[edit]

UTV is available to most of viewers in the Republic of Ireland, however since the arrival of satellite service Sky, UTV's audience share has diminished. The channel was at one stage the Republic's second most watched after RTÉ One. UTV's audience share is now at just 3%.[10]

UTV management have said that the first platform they will speak to is Saorview. UTV has a large presence in the Irish Radio market. It owns 7 radio station LMFM, FM104, Q102, C103, LIVE95FM, Cork's 96FM and Belfast's U105.

Availability[edit]

UTV Ireland have yet to confirm whether the channel will be available free-to-air through Saorview. UTV are in discussions with Saorview about this possibility. UTV Ireland have yet to confirm whether it will be available on UPC Ireland, Sky Ireland, eVision and other digital providers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome". UTV Ireland. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Burke-Kennedy, Eoin; Carbery, Genevieve (2013-11-06). "UTV to launch new Dublin-based TV channel by 2015". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Blow to TV3 as UTV plans to launch TV station here". Independent.ie. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Pat Rabbitte welcomes UTV move by The Irish Times". SoundCloud. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Louise (2013-11-06). "Newstalk - UTV hopes to use radio network to contribute to Irish TV channel". Newstalk. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  6. ^ McCaughren, Samantha (2014-01-12). "TV3 will oppose UTV Irish licence". The Sunday Time. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.bai.ie/?p=4493
  8. ^ http://www.u.tv/blogs/Michael-Wilson/New-home/26425bb6-17d3-49eb-a39e-bc9335c92bec
  9. ^ http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/glamorous-alison-is-the-new-face-of-utv-ireland-30513883.html
  10. ^ "Share and reach". TAM Ireland. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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