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It's not all over for the IFTAs - TV3 may still air the awards

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Laura Whitmore pictured at the IFTA. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Laura Whitmore pictured at the IFTA. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore pictured at the IFTA. Picture: Gerry Mooney

TV3 has not ruled out broadcasting the Irish Film and Television Awards, which were axed by RTE following criticism over the quality of last year's televised event.

The 2014 Iftas - which cost €500,000 to produce - were criticised for poor production values, with viewers describing them as "amateurish" and "a shambles".

One of the criticisms from viewers at home was the fact that presenters Laura Whitmore and Simon Delaney were unable to be heard properly over noise from the audience.

Earlier this month the Irish Film Board, which has provided substantial funding to the awards in the past, said that no decision had been made on funding the ceremony this year - and this is still the case.

Reports this week suggested that TV3 had decided not to broadcast the awards.  However, a spokesperson for TV said that "no decision has yet been made".

A spokesperson for UTV Ireland, meanwhile, has also not ruled out the new station broadcasting the awards but says they "haven't had any discussions with IFTA about this year’s awards, but as an investor in domestic production, we will watch developments with interest."

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