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RTÉ to axe in-house kids programming

RTÉ will no longer make any in-house children’s television programming, as part of a huge cost-savings exercise. All shows for the RTÉjr and RTÉ2 channels will be produced by independent companies from the end of 2017, the Irish pubcaster has confirmed. RTÉ will no longer directly employ any children’s programming-making staff, but the move will […]

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 (US$11.1 million). Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a ten-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the […]

Liberty’s UPC buys TV3 for €80m

Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland has agreed to buy Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 for a purchase price of €80 million (US$88.4 million). UPC Ireland agreed the deal with the privately owned channel’s parent company, Doughty Hanson, and said it will substantially fund the deal through “existing liquidity”. TV3 operates two free-to-air channels – flagship network […]

Murphy goes one step beyond

The new general manager of Australia-based Beyond Television tells TBI about changing international perceptions of the business and why he’s targeting UK broadcasters. Michael Murphy is best known as the founder of Ireland’s Channel 6 (since bought by TV3 and rebranded 3e) and former director of programmes at TV3. He has also, since 2004, been […]

Jeff Ford lands at Ireland’s TV3

Former Channel 5 programming boss Jeff Ford has been recruited as head of content for Ireland’s largest commercial broadcaster TV3. Ford left Channel 5 late last year and was subsequently replaced by Ben Frow. He will now join the broadcaster that Frow left, albeit in an expanded role to that of his predecessor. He will […]