|Launched||31 October 1996 (Block)
1 September 2009 (Channel)
|Owned by||Teilifís na Gaeilge|
|Picture format||576i PAL I standard (analogue)16:9
1080i (HDTV) (from 30 September 2012 on UPC Ireland)
|Formerly called||Cúlabúla (1996-1999)|
|Website||Cúla 4 Website|
|Irish analogue||programming block on TG4 (see that article)|
|Irish digital||Mux 1|
|Sky Ireland||Channel 104 (as TG4)|
|Sky UK||Channel 163
Northern Ireland only
|UPC Ireland||Channel 602
Channel 104 (as TG4)
|Magnet Networks||Channel 104 (as TG4)|
The strand was first established in 1996 as Cúlabúla; with the rebrand of TnaG to TG4 in 1999 Cúlabúla was renamed as "Cúla 4". As of 1 September 2009 Cúla 4 is available as a separate channel to UPC Ireland customers, available on channel 602. A new schedule coincided with the launch on UPC.
The majority of programming is a mixture of homegrown programs and international programs which are either dubbed or subtitled in the Irish language. Cúla 4 work with a number of international broadcasters to produce Irish versions of hit TV series which are seen on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and PBS. They also work with homegrown animation companies to produce localized animation series. Cúla 4 offers something unique in an already saturated kids television market in Ireland with the existence of RTÉjr/TRTÉ, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Cúla 4's programming is either in the Irish language or bilingual in Irish and English unlike its competition where the majority of their programmes are entirely in the English language.
Cúla 4 strands
- CÚLA4 NA nÓG: airing between 07:00 - 10:00 is a programming block targeting pre-school children it airs series such as Elmo's World, Tar ag Spraoi Sesame, Dora the Explorer (in Irish, teaching Spanish), Ni Hao Kai Lan, Franny's Feet, Dive, Olly, Dive, and The Mr. Men Show. All programmes are in the Irish language.
- CÚLA4: airs between 14:00-16:50 is a programming block targeting 6 to 10 year olds. Programmes include Ben 10, Johnny Test, SpongeBob SquarePants, Back at the Barnyard, Eliot Kid, The Mighty B!, Skunk Fu, Bog Stop and Fanboy and Chum Chum.
- PONC: airs between 16:50 and 19:00 targeting 12 to 18 year olds. It hosts a number of live action drama series such as Aifric (which is also shown in Scotland on BBC Alba), and international shows such as H2O, Life with Derek, 8 Simple Rules, Pimp My Ride, My Super Sweet 16, The Hills, The City, Gossip Girl, South Park, One Tree Hill, Dance Academy, Switched at Birth, Wipeout and What I Like About You. It also shows a number of extreme sports shows such as Planet X and Groms Tour. This programming block is hosted by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán Mac Séalaigh.
Other Cúla 4 na nÓg programmes
- Abby & Scoil Eitilte na Síoga (Abby's Flying Fairy School)
- Ag Spraoi le Claude (Fun with Claude)
- Arán Draíochta (Cloud Bread)
- Eachtraí Bert & Ernie (Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures)
- Global ag Taisteal (Global Grover)
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (in Irish, teaching Chinese)
- Rith Diego Rith (Go Diego Go) (in Irish, teaching Spanish)
- Toto i dTrioblóid (Toto Trouble)
- Tractor Tom
- Traein na nDineasár (Dinosaur Train)
- Wonder Pets
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Other Cúla 4 programmes
- Angelo Rules
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Codename: Kids Next Door
- Doodlebops Rockin' Road Show
- Edgar and Ellen
- Firehouse Tales
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- I.N.K. Invisible Network of Kids
- Jay Jay The Jet Plane
- Lizzie McGuire
- Pet Alien
- Puppy in my Pocket
- The Batman
- Scéalta Tom & Jerry
- Winx Club
- Watership Down (now airs on RTEjr)
It is proposed that TG4 will launch Cula 4 and/or Ponc as a stand alone channel on the Saorview platform in the near future.