Thursday 23 February 2017

Here's one we made earlier - station is set for life without 'The Street'

Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

Jane McGrath will star in 'Red Rock'
Jane McGrath will star in 'Red Rock'

TV3 launched its autumn schedule in a strange sort of position. In a few months, UTV Ireland begins broadcasting and takes most of TV3's big-rating shows: Coronation Street, This Morning, The Graham Norton Show, I'm a Celebrity and several others.

The proverbial sword of Damocles hangs over the Ballymount operation, but it must carry on regardless of this uncertain future. It's an invidious position to be in.

As part of the effort to shore up defences against the January exodus, TV3 has upped the game considerably in home-produced programming: over 50pc of next year's schedule is Irish-made.

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