Monday 21 April 2014

Rabbitte gives ok to Irish movie channel

AN ALL-NEW DIGITAL REGIME: Dublin actor Brendan Gleeson in a scene from 'The Guard'

A brand new Irish film channel showcasing the best in Irish movie-making from the likes of The Guard to In Bruges will be launched under the new digital regime.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has greenlighted the creation of an Irish film channel on RTE's new digital television platform (DTT), according to documents released under the FOI act.

Rabbitte wrote to RTE boss Noel Curran in June informing him that he was closing off the selection following submissions to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

As well as the existing stations, the new channels to be carried by RTE will include two new TV3 stations, a new TG4 channel and Oireachtas channel and the new Irish film channel.

"These channels are currently notional and need to be developed by their proposers," Rabbitte wrote, adding that he had asked the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to contact the relevant interested parties and "where appropriate, make progress in regard to licensing".

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