Coronation Street and Emmerdale to return to TV3 as station announces major shake up
Coronation Street and Emmerdale will return to TV3 from December.
TV3 has won back the soaps from UTV Ireland.
The popular soaps will be broadcast simultaneously on TV3 and UTV Ireland during the initial transition phase, before being shown exclusively on TV3 from Monday 5 December.
Both soaps were two of the most watched shows on TV3 before they were taken over by UTV Ireland in 2013.
The move to TV3 follows Virgin Media’s announcement this week that it had received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland. Upon final closing of this deal, the TV3 Group will operate as a three channel business and further programming details will be announced then.
As part of this schedule change on TV3, the Seven O’Clock Show will become the Six O’Clock Show and Xposé now moves to a later primetime slot of 8pm.
Bill Malone, TV3 Group Director of Programming, said: “Putting the viewer first is at the centre of what we do. We will shortly hold the rights to some of the most popular shows available internationally. We will schedule this content to maximise viewership and to cross-promote the quality Irish programming that we are developing in TV3.
“Already this Autumn, TV3 has launched Gogglebox Ireland, Living With Lucy and Pat Kenny Tonight as great examples of our developing content pipeline. With Celebrity Masterchef and Red Rock Season 4 still to come in January, shows such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale will sit comfortably in our primetime schedule.
“These programmes will also help us recruit new viewers to our regular line up of home produced shows.”