Women’s Six Nations broadcasters to show all matches in boost to competition

Every match of the upcoming Women’s Six Nations will be broadcast for the first time. While the competition has been shown in participating nations, matches have historically only been shown when that nation’s team is playing.  France TV, the BBC and S4C in the UK, RTE and Virgin Media In Ireland and Sky Italia have […]

‘Several million euro’ investment required for RTÉ Player, says broadcaster

Irish broadcaster RTÉ has said that it requires significant investment to modernise its streaming service RTÉ Player. The broadcaster’s head of public affairs Vivienne Flood has told the country’s Public Accounts Committee that an investment of “several million euro” would be a “minimal requirement” in order to bring the streamer in line with industry standards. […]

URC achieves global viewership record

The United Rugby Championship (URC) has announced record viewership for the revamped competition. A revised version of the rugby union league, URC is an annual competition involving professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with teams from the two hemispheres taking on one another in a unique contest. URC said that domestic […]

URC launches global rugby streamer

The United Rugby Championship (URC) has announced a partnership with RTÉ to launch a new global streaming service.  URC TV will provide fans with access to all 151 URC matches live and on-demand.  URC is annual rugby union competition involving professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with teams from the two […]

Sports: Serie A to discuss media rights business sale; Baseball return sets records for ESPN; Ligue 1 channel reportedly to get Facebook distribution; RTÉ Sport teams with LOI for OTT platform

The clubs from Italy’s Serie A are reportedly set to meet this week to discuss investor bids for the league’s media business. According to Reuters, representatives from the 20 clubs will meet on July 30 to discuss a number of proposals that were invited last week. The league had asked investors to submit bids to […]

Government funding proposals “not fit for purpose” slams RTÉ director general

Irish PSB RTÉ is “in a crisis” said director general Dee Forbes who has heavily criticised proposals from the country’s government in regards to funding as “not fit for purpose”. “Regulation has not caught up with viewing habits,” claimed Forbes at an IBC 2019 panel on the relevance of PSBs in an OTT world.  The […]

Irish government: “We won’t scrap free licence fees”

TV licences for the elderly will remain free in Ireland, the country’s government has stated. The announcement came shortly after the BBC’s controversial decision to scrap free licence fees for people aged over 75. It has been estimated that 3.7 million households will lose their free TV licence. They will instead have to start paying […]

EBU names former Eir TV and RTÉ chief as deputy head of sport

Public broadcasters organisation has named Glen Killane as deputy director of sport. Killane was previously managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television in Ireland, where he was responsible for Eir’s IPTV platform and newly acquired sports channels. He started his career at RTÉ Sport in 1996 and became deputy editor of sport in 2002, […]

Parrot Analytics: Star Trek: Discovery tops Irish in-demand ratings

Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All Access show that is distributed internationally by Netflix, topped Parrot Analytics’ most recent look at trending digital originals in the Irish market. Star Trek: Discovery garnared an average of 313,215 in-demand expressions – Parrot’s measure of how well a show is doing – in Ireland for the week ending […]

Curran takes up EBU role

The former director general of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, Noel Curran, has taken up his new role as director general of the EBU. Curran has replaced Ingrid Deltenre, who has stepped down from the European Broadcasting Union’s top job after eight years to focus on her various board responsibilities. “I am delighted to be taking […]

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