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RTÉ acquisitions chief takes interim MD post

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 […]

TV3 poaches RTÉ2 boss for programming role

Irish broadcaster TV3 Group has replaced Lynda McQuaid with Bill Malone, the controller of rival terrestrial RTÉ2. Malone becomes the Virgin Media Ireland-owned broadcaster’s director of programming four months after it emerged director of content McQuaid was leaving less than a year after replacing the Fox UK-bound Jeff Ford. He has been RTÉ2 chief and […]

RTÉ, NRK pitch winner is Bucking the Trend

The national broadcasters of Ireland and Norway have handed Dublin-based Sideline Productions €10,000 (US$11,275) after it won a formats pitching competition. RTÉ and NRK have handed over the cash so Sideline can create a pilot of new problem family-focused format Bucking the Trend for the Irish and Norwegian markets after a “closely fought contest”. The […]

Dee Forbes leaving Discovery to run RTÉ

Discovery Communication’s Northern Europe chief, Dee Forbes, is leaving the company to become the first female director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ. Forbes was president and managing director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe, having previously been president and MD of Discovery Networks Western Europe at Discovery. Prior to joining Discovery in 2009, she was a […]

Danger Mouse spied in Oz, France

FremantleMedia’s new version of spy toon Danger Mouse has made its way to broadcasters in Australasia, France, Ireland and the Middle East. The show, originally for CBBC in the UK, has sold to the ABC in Australia, Channel 4 in New Zealand, Lagardere’s kids channels in France, Irish pubcaster RTÉ and MBC in the Middle […]

Retooled Bob lands global homes

France 5 and Turner Broadcasting System in the UK are among buyers of the rebooted Bob the Builder animated series. Z@pplin in the Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, Rai Yoyo in Italy, E-TV in South Africa, MiniMini in Poland, RTÉ in Ireland and Hop! in Israel have all acquired the show, which has already launched on […]

UKTV buys RTÉ factual series

UK multichannel operator UKTV has acquired a pair of factual series from Irish distributor RTÉ Global. The Scripps Networks Interactive- and BBC Worldwide-owned channels group has bought 3x52mins The High Hopes Choir and 13x30mins Rachel Allen’s Coastal Cooking from RTÉ’s programme sales arm. High Hopes Choir aired on RTÉ One in December last year, and […]

Adele special hits the right note for buyers

A raft of broadcasters have acquired a concert special featuring multi-million album selling pop star Adele. The show, Adele – Live at the BBC, will go out on BBC One in the UK on November 20 in an 8.30pm slot. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is selling it internationally. It has shopped the […]

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]

RTÉ to up animation investment

Irish pubcaster RTÉ will significantly increase its investment into animation in the next three years. The broadcaster’s plans include a new RTÉjr programming schedule, an Android app, an animated shorts scheme, a new coproduction initiative, and, most significantly, an boost to its baseline investment in animated commissioning. RTÉ will invest more than €550,000 (US$630,000) per […]