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TV3 unveil Autumn Schedule and programming plans for 2015/2016
02 Sep 2015 : SeŠn Brosnan
40 original programmes, 11 new entertainment shows and Rugby World Cup
TV3 has unveiled itsí Autumn schedule as well as its programming plans for 2016.

With just two weeks to go until the launch of RWC 2015, The Aviva Stadium was an apt location for the station whose panel of rugby experts for the major sporting event include Peter Stringer, Keith Wood, former Leinster and Ireland flanker Shane Jennings and the newly unveiled Malcolm OíKelly.

Following a nod to its critically acclaimed soap Red Rock which returns to screens tonight (Wednesday 2nd September) TV3ís Director of Content, Lynda McQuaid, outlined the groupís main area of concentration for Autumn 2015 and beyond.

Home-production and live content continue to be successful for TV3 and over 45 hours of TV3ís weekly schedule now broadcasts live from Ballymount following the launch of Saturday AM and Sunday AM, presented by Anna Daly, Simon Delaney and Ivan Yates. This amounts to more than 2700 hours across the year, while over 55% of TV3ís schedule will now be home-produced. The move into weekend is a measure of the confidence in the Ireland AM brand that has been built up over sixteen years. Other strong TV3 brands that continue to deliver for the group are: Midday, Xposť, The Seven OíClock Show, Tonight With Vincent Browne and TV3 News.

Popular acquisitions like X Factor, Celebrity Big Brother, Downton Abbey, Britainís Got Talent and Broadchurch are key and now all exclusive to the channel. Channel 4ís popular series The Undateables will also debut on TV3 this autumn.

Underpinning TV3ís strong daytime and primetime schedule will be a concentrated focus on home-produced and relevant programmes and documentaries. Shows like Animal Rescue, Doctor In The House, Adoption Stories, Geriatric Mums, Thelmaís Communion Girls, Irelandís Problem Pets, Conor Popeís Dodgy Dealers, A Rough Guide to the Future, presented by Jonathan McCrea, a new documentary strand called Disclosure, The Joy, Donal MacIntyre Assassins: Paid to Kill and lots more. Mondays will be focused on crime and current affairs while Tuesday nights will centre on thought provoking television. Drama will be the focus on Wednesdays and Food and Lifestyle will be the emphasis on Thursday nights with the return of The Restaurant and The Great Irish Bake Off, plus the brand new Great Irish Menu.

New faces include Brian Ormond who will host the new international format Wishlist, which sees couples playing to win the prizes of their dreams visualised in studio on a large LED floor. The show will air in the New Year. Joining The Great Irish Bake Off team will be Irish food writer Lilly Higgins. Pamela Flood will present a brand new TV3 series called Geriatric Mums and former Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness will join TV3ís Champions League analysis team which this year included Gaizka Mendieta, Luis Garcia and Neil Lennon.

TV3ís sister channel 3e has also had a successful year with more than 3.86 million viewers tuning in to the channel, representing close to 94% of the potential TV population in Ireland. Close to 1.9 million viewers tune in weekly to 3e. Their share is up +32% year on year and 3eís top performing show this year to date was the delayed coverage of the McGregor v Mendes fight on the 13th July where on average 219,000 tuned in. The show reached over 526,000 viewers in total.

Off the back of this success, 3e will be offering Celebrity Big Brotherís Bit On The Side, Family Guy, American Dad, Keith Lemonís Celebrity Juice, Uploaded Specials and free to air UFC coverage including UFC Fight Night Dublin and the much anticipated UFC featherweight unification bout between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo.

Commenting on the groupís programming plans, TV3 Group Director of Content Lynda McQuaid said: ďAutumn 2015 is a very exciting time to be the Director of Content at TV3, the home of all 48 games of the Rugby World Cup, it is hard to remember such a hotly anticipated sporting occasion as this. We will continue to build the newest schedule on television filled with programming that has real depth and we will never fail to surprise when it comes to acquisitions. In 2016 myself and my team want to lead us into a new phase of cementing our position as Irelandís leading commercial broadcaster by finding, producing, commissioning and acquiring the very best content for both our advertisers and audiences.Ē

Commenting on the launch today, David McRedmond CEO of TV3, said: ďTV3 has proven itself in the last year to be Irelandís most successful commercial broadcaster with depth in talent, production and commercial capability. Today TV3 manages to be both profitable and popular, and with the recently announced transaction with Liberty Global the future for TV3 is very bright.Ē




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