Archive for the ‘RTE’ Category

Opinions Sought for New Digital Channels

18th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

Communications Minister Eamon Ryan announced this week that he is seeking the views of the public on a range of new channels proposed by RTÉ for transmission on digital television. Members of the public will have until the 10th of December 2010 to submit their views

The switch-on of digital television was announced by the Minister on the 29th of October and will include RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3, and TG4. RTÉ has submitted a proposal for additional channels on this free-to-air service. They are:

  • RTÉ Two HD Select
  • RTÉ News Now
  • RTÉ Jr (channel aimed at preschool children)
  • RTÉ Plus (repeat of peaktime RTÉ One content)
  • RTÉ Aertel Digital (enhanced digital teletext service)

Announcing the consultation the Minister said, “The analogue signal will be switched off by the end of 2012. Going digital has created the opportunity for RTÉ to expand its public service offering by introducing new television channels to the digital service in 2011. Today we offer the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed new channels. We welcome all views.”

This process closes on 10th December 2010.

The consultation document is available from the website.

The RTÉ DTT service, called Saorview, was launched as a trial service to 90% of the country on 29th October 2010 and currently broadcasts the 4 national Irish TV channels (RTÉ1, RTÉ Two, TV3 and TG4). The DTT network will continue to be built over the next two years and will eventually reach 98% of the population. The new digital network will eventually replace the national analogue terrestrial free-to-air TV service when this closes at the end of 2012.

Section 103 of the Broadcasting Act, 2009 requires the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to carry out a Public Value Test (PVT) on any new channels and services proposed by the public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4, and to consult with key stakeholders in this regard.

RTE seeks summer programming

11th November 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTEIFTN reports that RTÉ TV Entertainment is looking for ideas for popular event programming for transmission during summer 2011. The broadcaster is interested in new ideas for programming which are similar to programmes such as last year’s Fáilte Towers and Charity You’re a Star which feature a live element, and which facilitate some form of audience interaction or participation.

Guidelines from the broadcaster outline that submitted programming may be scheduled in a stripped way, running continuously over a two week period, but programmes that are scheduled in other ways will also be considered. Strong casting and storytelling are crucial, and RTÉ will be favouring simple, accessible formats and ideas with grassroots Irish appeal.

Suggested programmes may be set in studio or on location. Suggestions for presenter or presenters should be included in the submission. Budgets for the programming will be subject to further discussions, but competitively priced proposals will be favoured.

Producers are asked to submit their ideas into RTÉ’s eCommissioning system under the programme category ‘Summertime Event Programming’ by close of business on Friday, December 3rd.

RTÉ Commissioning

10th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

RTERTÉ is looking for a variety of material to commission for its Daytime, Lifestyle, Children and Drama departments.

All the pertinent information is on the Commissioning Section of its web site.

Submissions are due on Friday 17th September or Friday the 24th of September, so please check the details of each commission to ensure you don’t miss the relevant entry date.

RTE To Build €70m Digital Network

17th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

IFTN reports that RTÉ is rolling out a new €70 million digital network.

RTÉ’s new digital service is expected to provide full national coverage and will also provide significant coverage throughout Northern Ireland. The new TV service will be available on both a terrestrial network and a satellite network. RTÉ is planning on building a terrestrial network which will operate from 51 transmitter sites throughout the country providing coverage to 98% of the population. RTÉ currently operates 170 analogue sites. For the remaining 2%, RTÉ plans to develop a new satellite service.

Where the introduction of commercial television digitisation is concerned, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has reiterated its displeasure that its chosen groups – namely One Vision, Boxer and Easy TV – have failed to work together in the orchestration of bringing commercial Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) to Ireland. The group has thus decided not to reactivate a commercial DTT multiplex licensing process until after the Analogue Switch Off (ASO).

RTÉ has estimated that the new national digital network will cost in the region of €70 million. Digital TV will provide access to 7-9 TV channels, including RTE, TV3 and TG4, the national radio channels, will provide on screen programme information and will provide a new digital teletext service. The broadcaster has selected MHEG as the interactive middleware for the rollout of its national DTT service.

Announcing the move, Minister Ryan said, “I am pleased that we are now in a position to go ahead with the provision of a new nationwide digital television network. Digital television will offer viewers more channels, more choice and higher quality television. Going digital will also free up valuable spectrum, which can be used for broadband and mobile services. I have asked ComReg to expedite release of the 800 MHz band, which they will be consulting on shortly.

“Analogue switch-off will take place at the end of 2012 and we need to be prepared. My Department will be coordinating the preparations and I will be receiving regular updates on progress. I am glad we are in a position to move to the next generation of television transmission. I thank RTÉ for their work to date and look forward to the successful completion of this important modernisation project for Ireland.”

Zombie Bashed Storyland

21st May 2010 by Maura McHugh

The winner of this year’s RTÉ Storyland competition is:

Zombie Bashers, written by Stephen Shields and directed by Conor McMahon.