Irish Film Channel

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Irish Film Channel
Bealach Scannán na hÉireann
Founded Winter 2009
Headquarters Galway, Ireland[1]
Irish Film Channel
Launched TBC
Owned by Bealach Scannan Na Éireann / Irish Film Channel Ltd[1]
Picture format (SDTV)
Audience share TBC
Website Irish Film Channel Sponsor's webpage
Saorview TBA

The Irish Film Channel (Irish: Bealach Scannán na hÉireann) is a proposed free-to-air public television channel to launch in Ireland sometime in 2015.


It was formally announced by the then Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, on 15 May 2008.[2]

The concept for the channel came from Bord Scannán na hÉireann. The channel will air Irish, European and International cinema, with a strong emphasis on Irish productions. It has been proposed that channel will initially air three films per day on the channel on a regular basis seven days a week. It will accept limited advertising but breaks will be restricted to before and after, not during a film unlike other channels.[3][4][5]

The new film channel is just one of the newly proposed channels to launch to 90% of the population by 31 October 2010;[6] on the same day a proposed launch for the Houses of the Oireachtas Channel was also announced. The Houses of the Oireachtas Channel has reportedly been shelved by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission due to the recession it is not clear if the Irish Film Channel will go ahead.[7] While both of these will be established as new public service broadcasters, owing to costs involved in the current economic climate, it is not clear if they will launch in 2011 or delay until improvement in the economic climate.

On 4 August 2011 it was confirmed that the Irish Film Channel is to be part of a new government strategy to promote Irish culture and film. No confirmation on when the channel will officially launch.[8]

On 16 September 2012 it was revealed that Department of Communications has greenlighted the channels launch on the Saorview platform.[9][10] Service providers are currently being sought and the government has asked the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to provide relevant licenses for the channel and additional channels.[11] Minister for Communications Pat Rabbite has informed RTE Television of its decision as far back as June 2012.

In 2015 it was being reported that the Irish Film Board are considering making announcement on the possible launch of the channel in 2015 as the channel will be part of its 5 year strategy.[12]

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  1. ^ a b "Bealach Scannán Na Héireann / Irish Film Channel Ltd". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ Major changes heralded in broadcasting as new laws enacted(, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 2009-07-15 
  5. ^ Minister Ryan discusses the Broadcasting Act (, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources/, 2009-07-15 
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ "Recession kills off plan to launch television channel focusing on Oireachtas". 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  8. ^ McGreevy, Ronan. "Irish Film Channel". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 July 2011. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Rabbitte gives ok to Irish movie channel". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ [4] Archived 20 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Irish Movie Channel given green light by Pat Rabbite - movie news". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  12. ^

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