First Edition (TV series)

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First Edition
Created by TV3 News
Presented by Alan Cantwell
Gráinne Seoige
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Location(s) TV3, Westgate Business Park, Dublin 24, Ireland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor TV3 Ireland
Original network TV3
Picture format 4:3
Original release 12 April 1999 – 18 March 2001
Followed by 3News at 5.30
Related shows TV3 News @ 6
TV3 News @ 7
External links

First Edition was the early evening news programme on the Irish television network TV3. It was produced by the TV3 News division.

First Edition, presented by main newscasters Alan Cantwell and Colette Fitzpatrick, was a thirty-minute news programme covering Irish national and international news stories, broadcast at 5:30pm from Monday to Sunday.


When TV3 launched on 20 September 1998 its early evening news programme was called TV3 News @ 6. It provided a comprehensive view of the day's main international and national news stories, was presented by Alan Cantwell and Gráinne Seoige and was in direct competition with RTÉ News: Six One. This period of direct rivalry with RTÉ only lasted for a year as TV3 decided to break up the hour-long programme. As a result of this two new programmes - First Edition at 5:30pm and TV3 News @ 7 - were launched. Both programmes were still fronted by Cantwell and Seoige, while First Edition became Ireland's first early evening news programme.

On 19 March 2001 First Edition was relaunched as TV3 News at 5.30 with Cantwell and Seoige still remaining at the helm.


Main newscaster[edit]

Years Newscaster Other roles Previous roles
1998-1999 Alan Cantwell
1998-1999 Gráinne Seoige[1]


  1. ^ "Gráinne Seoige's Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 20 August 2011.