1998 in Irish television

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List of years in Irish television (table)

The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1998.


  • 20 September – Launch of TV3, the Republic of Ireland's first commercial television channel.[1] Early programming on the channel includes the UK soap EastEnders, the miniseries Merlin the film The Quick and the Dead,[2] US comedy Just Shoot Me, and Breakers, a new Australian soap. The channel is aimed at the 15–44 age group and also has a remit for 15% of its programming to be homegrown – rising to 25% within five years.[3]
  • 1 October – Digital satellite television launches in the Republic of Ireland, operated by Sky Digital.
  • 1 October – TV3 reports an audience share of 927,000 (7% of viewers) for its first week on air, passing its intended initial target of a 6% audience share.[2]





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  1. ^ "TV to plug a gap in Eire's market | Archive". Marketing Week. 10 September 1998. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "TV3 claims to have reached 7percent audience share". The Irish Film and Television Network. 1 October 1998. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Gallagher, Jim (13 September 1998). "EastEnders take on the Street in TV revolution; End of the dark ages". The People. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 April 2012.