Sunday 4 December 2016

IFTA ratings continue to plummet as show comes under fire from viewers

Sasha Brady

Published 10/10/2016 | 15:42

Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Al Porter and Angela Scanlon at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at the IFTA TV Awards
Vogue Williams at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

Friday night's IFTA awards drew in its lowest ever viewing figures.

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The Irish Television and Film Academy Awards were shown on TV3 this year for the second time, following its departure from RTE in 2015.

Amanda Byram at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Amanda Byram at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

But the viewing figures for the awards ceremony continue to plummet as Friday night's broadcast pulled in an average of 95,100 viewers compared to 121,000 in 2015 - a difference of 25,900.

The IFTAs moved from RTE to rivals TV3 two years ago, after the 2014 show was branded a "shambles" and was plagued with problems from poor sound to bad camera work.

However, two years later, some of the same problems are still apparent as Friday night's broadcast was criticised on TwItter over sound issues.

A spokesperson for TV3 told Independent.ie: “The IFTA Gala Television Awards were recorded as Live, so there will always be the occasional issue and in this case there were some problems with sound in parts. The editing could have been tighter – it was a case of trying to keep as much as possible in in the time allotted. The programme was extended by 15 minutes.”

 

This year's ceremony was hosted by Amanda Byran as our homegrown talent was recognised for their contribution to Irish TV. Brendan O’Connor, comedienne Sharon Horgan, crooner Daniel O’Donnell and King of Comedy, Al Porter, were among the stars who picked up shiny statuettes.

Pat Kenny secured the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award. In a video segment, Kenny's colleagues and peers congratulated him on his win, as well as singer Celine Dion.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at the IFTA TV Awards
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin at the IFTA TV Awards
Vogue Williams at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Vogue Williams at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Bob Geldof and his wife Jeanne at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Bob Geldof and his wife Jeanne at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren
Al Porter and Angela Scanlon at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren
Al Porter and Angela Scanlon at the IFTA gala television awards ceremony held at the DoubleTree Hilton, Dublin. Picture: Mark Condren

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