“This is extremely disappointing news for RTÉ. We have a long and proud tradition of showcasing the 6 Nations and putting our heart and soul into our coverage.
We want to assure the Irish public that every possible effort was made by RTÉ to retain these rights. As a public service broadcaster, RTÉ’s ambition has always been, and continues to be, to deliver the best possible viewer experience and to share moments of major national importance.
We put forward the best possible bid within our means, while always mindful of the significant responsibilities attached to spending public funds.”
The launch of TV3’s new season schedule featuring Vincent Browne with above from top: Glenda Gilson a presenter of Xposé and Anna Daly co host of Saturday Am.
More TV3 on screen personage.
From top: Seven O’Clock Show presenters Mark King and Lucy Kennedy; Soccer pundit Kevin Kilbane with Pippa O Connor, a contestant on The Restaurant; Laura Woods, co host of Sunday Am; Midday presenter Elaine Crowley and Lucy Kennedy; Sport hosts Matt Cooper, Sinead Kissane and Tommy Martin ; Anna Daly, Laura Wood, Simon Delaney and Tommy Martin.
Although the GAA hierarchy has sought to portray the deal with Sky as a success and consider the reaction of people in Britain to be ‘a vindication’, the reality is, at best, much more complex – and one might legitimately arrive at entirely the opposite conclusion. After all, what we now know is:
Viewing figures for showcase GAA games in Ireland collapsed; The supposed new service for Irish emigrants in Britain, not only already existed, but did so in a more extensive way; Irish emigrants wishing to watch Gaelic games in Britain must now pay much more than was previously the case; The part of the deal which allowed the broadcast of matches on TV in Australia no longer exists and there is no plan – in any real sense of that word – for internationalisation.
Would the public take to a soap based around a busy Dublin Garda station in a fictional coastal town starring hot people?
In their droves apparently.
[Irish-made TV3 soap] Red Rock burst onto our screens on Wednesday evening with an average audience of 323,200 viewers.
The first instalment of the garda drama reached a peak figure of 371,100.
The soap pipped long running UK offering Emmerdale to the post – the show pulled in an average of 325,000 viewers.
Fair City was the most watched soap in Ireland last night with an average audience of 569,000 (36%) Irish soap fans tuning in to watch last night’s episode. Fair City had a reach** audience of 735,700 while an additional 31,400 TV viewers watched the episode on RTÉ One+1. 10,057 caught up on the Carrigstown action on RTÉ Player. Fair City was also the second most watched programme among 15 – 34s (24%) after Operation Transformation.
Tonight sees TV3s new drama Red Rock air it’s first look at the programme via a “feature length TV ad” tonight on TV3 at 7.40pm. This will be the first look at TV3s new drama. In all fairness, I can only wish them well with it! Anything is better than Corrie :)
Last night’s Tonight with Vincent Browne in which our host – joined by Fionn Davenport (Irish Times) and Catherine Halloran (Irish Daily Star) reviewing de papers – expertly avoids mixing up Twink’s lost puppy with the Irish Sun’s front page splash.