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‘Blind Date’ Headed for TV3
28 Aug 2014 | Sony-owned indie Stellify Media is to remake ‘Blind Date’ for TV3. Radio and television presenter Lucy Kennedy will host the new show. The commission is the first order for the Northern Irish indie, which was set up earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy (read more here). 
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TG4 unveils its Autumn Schedule
28 Aug 2014 | An entertaining and distinctive autumn offering from TG4 has been announced. It includes two new crime drama series set on Ireland’s west coast, top-class drama from Scandinavia and the US, a veritable treasure trove of original, informative and provocative documentaries across a wide span of historical, social and whimsical topics, and a major European-wide perspective on World War 1 based on the diaries of participants from all the combatant countries. There is also a fresh approach for TV traditional music, surprises for some prominent people about what made news on the day they were born, a series that reveals how we are surrounded by folk superstitions and ancient magic, young peoples’ programmes with a difference and a mouth-watering line up of exclusive Gaelic games and rugby coverage. 
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TV3 Launches New Home-Produced Shows as part of Autumn schedule
28 Aug 2014 | TV3 has confirmed its 2014 Autumn Schedule and 2015 programming plans in a special presentation from Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday. TV3 and 3e will deliver a wide variety of new content across a number of key genres from Entertainment and Lifestyle to Sport & Events, News & Factual, International Acquisitions and Soap and Drama. TV3 Group will invest over 50% of its programming budget on home-produced content next year. Over 2500 hours of home-produced content will be aired in 2015, and TV3 will broadcast 30 new original programmes and 8 new entertainment shows. 
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‘Home from Home’ – Series on Role of GAA in Irish Emigration – Airs Tonight
26 Aug 2014 | ‘Home from Home’, a new two-part documentary series airs tonight (Tuesday, August 26th) and tomorrow (Wednesday, August 27th) on Setanta Sports at 9.45pm. 
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TV3 to collaborate with Communicorp
25 Aug 2014 | There is to be increased cooperation between TV3 and Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp as part of the broadcaster’s plans to combat increased competition that will come with the arrival of UTV Ireland into the broadcasting market in the Republic. 
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Documentary ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ Airs on Channel 4 this Wednesday
25 Aug 2014 | The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. In this uplifting one-off documentary, the composer and musician James McConnel examines music’s extraordinary transformative power, as he unites ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra. 
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BAI to enter into Content Contract with Irish TV
22 Aug 2014 | The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced that it will enter into negotiations for a television content provision contract, under Section 71 of the Broadcasting Act, with Teilifís Mhaigh Eo Teoranta. It is envisaged that the new service, ‘Irish TV’, will commence broadcasting in January 2015. 
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Nemeton TV Celebrates 20 Years
22 Aug 2014 | Nemeton TV’s productions are among the most watched on Irish television screens. Quietly in the background, Nemeton produces popular, award‐winning productions such as TG4’s GAA Beo, Rugbaí Beo, Laochra Gael, Kennedy’s Cadets, KLM 607 and the Volvo Ocean Race. 
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TG4 Launches New Smart TV App
19 Aug 2014 | TG4, the multi-platform Irish language media service has announced the completion of three major phases in the implementation of its digital content distribution strategy. 
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‘Michael Smiley: Something To Ride Home About’ Gets Second Series
18 Aug 2014 | Green Inc Film and Television has received the green-light for a second series of ‘Michael Smiley: Something to Ride home About’ for BBC One Northern Ireland. 
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RTÉ One Launches a Dramatic New Season of Programming
14 Aug 2014 | RTÉ One has launched an exciting new season of home-produced and acquired programming, with over 35 new shows plus 24 returning series. The season will see over 600 hours of home-produced programming and over 90 hours of Irish drama, along with 13 new factual documentaries and five brand-new arts documentaries. 
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UTV Player App Launches on IOS and Android Devices
14 Aug 2014 | Viewers in Northern Ireland will now be able to catch up with their favorite UTV programmes on their phone or tablet following the launch of a new UTV Player. With a contemporary, robust design, UTV’s new catch up service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and remains completely free of charge. 
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RTÉ Player brings the Rose of Tralee Festival Worldwide
14 Aug 2014 | From dancing on a barrel with a brush, to kissing a fish and that infamous onscreen proposal last year, ‘The Rose of Tralee’ has become one of Ireland’s most watched TV Shows with those unexpected entertaining moments that gets the world talking and sends twitter into a tail spin. 
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Saorview gains 41,000 viewers in last four months
14 Aug 2014 | The number of households opting for digital terestrial television (DTT) service Saorview has increased by 41,000 over the last four months, taking the total number of Irish homes with Saorview to 653,000. 
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Casting continues for TV3’s new Soap ‘Red Rock’
11 Aug 2014 | The casting process for TV3’s brand new soap ‘Red Rock’ got underway last week with two Dublin casting sessions at the John Player Factory on the South Circular Road held last Saturday and Sunday. The first open casting session attracted hundreds of hopefuls, and the coming week will see the search continue for stars of the show with regional casting sessions in Cork, Limerick, Belfast and Galway. 
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Reminder for BAI Code of Programme Standards Consultation
11 Aug 2014 | The deadline to submit feedback to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s (BAI) public consultation on proposals for a revised draft Code of Programme Standards that will apply to all Irish broadcasters is 5pm next Friday, 22nd August 2014. 
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Seó Spóirt returns to TG4 Tonight for Championship 2014
01 Aug 2014 | Broadcaster and Kerry All-Ireland Winning Captain Dara Ó Cinnéide returns to present Seó Spóirt for ‘Championship 2014’. The series includes interviews, previews, reviews and analysis on the upcoming action-packed championship season. 
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TV3’s Hit Game Show ‘The Lie’ Returns for a Second Series
29 Jul 2014 | TV3’s big money game show ‘The Lie’ is back for a second series. The show will again be hosted by Jonathan McCrea, and is now on the lookout for participants. Only days remain to apply as the closing date for applications from participants is August 1st. 
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Irish Cycling Documentary ‘Rough Rider’ to be Broadcast on RTE Tonight
28 Jul 2014 | Rough Rider, a new Irish documentary produced with the support of the Irish Film Board, follows contentious journalist and cycling whistleblower, Paul Kimmage, as he searches for answers to difficult questions about doping in the world of professional cycling. The film will be broadcast tonight on RTE One to correspond with the end of the Tour de France. 
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Sky announce TX date for Baz Ashmawy’s ’50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’
25 Jul 2014 | It’s been announced that Sky’s new factual entertainment series ’50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’ starring Irish TV Personality Baz Ashmawy (How Low Can You Go? Baz’s Extreme Worlds) will TX on Sky 1 HD at 9pm on Monday August 25th. 
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