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November 4, 2008

RTE in the UK on hold


by David Allen

The top Irish broadcaster RTE had plans to launch in the UK, but in a recent message to Ireland’s communications minister it indicated that it would not be sensible to continue with these plans under the current financial conditions.

Apparently, under the Irish Broadcasting Act, RTE is bound to provide access to its programming to large Irish communities that are residing outside the nation itself.

Plans for the UK channel where initially set to be launched on St Patrick’s Day 2009.

The government, although committed to providing this service, are not going to put any time limits on the launch date for the channel just yet.

RTE International was created to serve this purpose and comprises of programming selected from the broadcaster’s channels, RTE One, RTE Two and Channel TG4 the Gaelic language channel.

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