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Virgin Media Television seeking post-watershed drama

Virgin Media Television – formerly know asTV3 Group – is currently seeking submissions for a new post-watershed, six –part drama, for 2019/2020. The call for titles if part of an on-going drama initiative laid out by the company. Virgin is inviting entrants to explore contemporary themes, new visual styles and narratives, focusing on original, “noisy” […]

Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Liberty Media-owned Virgin Media and its Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 have secured rights in Ireland to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for the next three seasons. The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with […]

Liberty to make ‘opportunistic’ moves for EU free-to-air channels

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company will be “opportunistic” about buying more free-to-air TV channels in Europe. Speaking at Citi’s Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, Fries identified free-to-air channels as an attractive asset in Europe when it comes to content ownership, in comments that could reignite past speculation […]

TV3 overhauls channels, launching new service

Irish broadcaster TV3 has overhauled its two existing channels and is launching a new net, be3 to replace UTV Ireland. The broadcaster, which is owned by Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, said the rejig is part of a new three-channel strategy. Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland, now Virgin Media, bought TV3 for €80 million last July. Virgin […]

Virgin Media launches ad sales agency

Virgin Media has launched Virgin Media Solutions, a new advertising sales house for the UK and Irish markets. Virgin Media Solutions will represent all ad sales for Virgin Media, including video-on-demand and Virgin Media’s public WiFi services. It will also act as the exclusive sales agency for all TV3 Group channels in Ireland, including TV3 […]

Management changes at RTÉ and TV3

RTÉ’s director of production and acquisitions, Dermot Horan, has become interim managing director of television at the Irish pubcaster after the exit of two senior executives. Former RTÉ Television MD Glen Killane recently moved to become MD of eir TV and eirSport, while RTE2 controller Bill Malone was yesterday named as the new director of programming at […]

Virgin Media agrees €10m UTV Ireland buyout

Liberty Global-owned UK and Irish operator Virgin Media has agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million. Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a 10-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the latest Irish […]

Kids block launching on Irish TV

The 3e free TV channel will launch a new kids block and has acquired series including Teletubbies and The Wiggles. 3e is a youth-skewed free-to-air channel and part of the Liberty Global-backed TV3 group. The new 3Kids strand kicks off on June 27 and will run seven days a week from 7am to 10am and be fronted by […]

Virgin-owned TV3 appoints managing director

Virgin Media-owned broadcaster TV3 has upped commercial director, Pat Kiely, to managing director of the Irish commercial station. With the appointment, Kiely, who has worked at TV3 since its launch in 1998, also joins the Virgin Media Ireland board. “TV3 is without doubt one of the biggest success stories in recent Irish media and I […]

ITVin talks to acquire UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]

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