Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Mick Brennan0
UTV Plans To Launch New Irish TV Station
UTV has announced that it plans to launch a new tv station for Ireland called UTV Ireland to begin broadcasting in 2015. The channel will be based in Dublin with additional newsgathering and reporting presence in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick.
It is planned the new channel will see the creation of more than 100 new jobs and an application for a service licence will be submitted to broadcasting regulators on Wednesday morning.
This announcement follows the signing of an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes for the Republic of Ireland audience, including popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale from early 2015, once appropriate statutory broadcasting licences are in place.
UTV is also planning a nightly one hour news and current affairs programme for Ireland.
John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said UTV Ireland will be a new dedicated channel for viewers in the Republic of Ireland. Mr McCann said: “The audience in Ireland has known the UTV brand for more than 50 years through our station for Northern Ireland.
“UTV Media already has a very strong presence in the Republic of Ireland employing more than 300 people in our various businesses including our market leading Irish radio stations. We look forward to building on that success with the launch of a new Irish TV channel.”