First Edition (TV series)
|Created by||TV3 News|
|Presented by||Alan Cantwell
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|Location(s)||TV3, Westgate Business Park, Dublin 24, Ireland|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||12 April 1999 – 18 March 2001|
|Followed by||3News at 5.30|
|Related shows||TV3 News @ 6
TV3 News @ 7
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.
|Years||Newscaster||Other roles||Previous roles|
- "Gráinne Seoige's Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 20 August 2011.