3News at 5.30

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3News at 5:30
3News at 5.30 opening 2017.jpg
Created by 3News Ireland
Presented by Colette Fitzpatrick
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
Production
Location(s) TV3, Westgate Business Park, Dublin 24, Ireland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor TV3 Ireland
Release
Original network TV3
Picture format 16:9
Original release 19 March 2001
Chronology
Related shows 3News at 12.30
3News at 7
3News at 10
External links
Website

3News at 5.30 is the flagship evening news programme on the Irish television network TV3. It is produced by the 3news Ireland division. Presented by main news anchor Colette Fitzpatrick, the thirty-minute news programme covers Irish national and international news stories every day.

History[edit]

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 5:30 pm 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. It was also around this time that TV3's second early evening news programme moved from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm, becoming the TV3 News @ 6.30.

In 2004, Gráinne Seoige left TV3 News to become the new face of Sky News Ireland.[1] She was replaced as the main female presenter of TV3 News at 5.30 by Claire Byrne, who had been working with TV3 for a number of years at that stage.[2]

Two years later in 2006, Byrne left TV3 to front the new breakfast show on Newstalk. Her departure was not a happy one as a lengthy legal battle was played out. Colette Fitzpatrick took over from Byrne.[3]

In 2007, TV3 dropped their 6.30 news bulletin, leaving TV3 News at 5.30 as their only flagship evening news bulletin.

In 2010, Elaine Crowley became the latest co-presenter of TV3 News at 5.30 to join Alan Cantwell. She replaced Colette Fitzpatrick, who was on maternity leave. Fitzpatrick returned in 2011.

The last newscast as TV3 News at 5.30 was broadcast on 19 October 2012. It was replaced with The 5.30.

In 2017, the show was renamed 3News at 5.30 during the revamp of the TV3 Group.

Newscasters[edit]

Main newscaster[edit]

Years Newscaster
2006-present Colette Fitzpatrick

Relief newscasters[edit]

Years Newscaster Other Roles
2010-2011 Elaine Crowley Presenter of Elaine
2011-2012 Brian Daly News correspondent

Former presenters[edit]

Presenter Years
Gráinne Seoige 2001-2004
Claire Byrne 2004-2006
Alan Cantwell 2001-2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grainne Seoige to leave TV3 for Sky News". Breaking News. 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Claire Byrne Appointed News Anchor for TV3". IFTN. 2004-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Colette Fitzpatrick Is TV3 News Anchor". IFTN. 2004-09-14. Retrieved 2011-01-15.