Monday 11 December 2017

Rovers Return: Corrie and Emmerdale back on TV3

'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale' are on their way back to TV3 after the station announced it will be airing the popular soaps exclusively from next month
'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale' are on their way back to TV3 after the station announced it will be airing the popular soaps exclusively from next month

Eimear Rabbitt

'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale' are on their way back to TV3 after the station announced it will be airing the popular soaps exclusively from next month.

'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale' are on their way back to TV3 after the station announced it will be airing the popular soaps exclusively from next month.

The move follows the announcement by Virgin Media - which owns TV3 - this week that it had gotten regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland.

The programmes will be broadcast simultaneously on TV3 and UTV Ireland during the transition phase, before airing solely on TV3 from Monday, December 5.

Both soaps were two of the most watched shows on TV3 before they were taken over by UTV Ireland in 2013.

As part of the move, the 'Seven O'Clock Show', hosted by Lucy Kennedy and Martin King, will become the 'Six O'Clock Show'.

Entertainment show 'Xposé', which airs at 6pm, will move to 8pm with the station describing it as a "later prime-time slot".

Once the Virgin Media deal is closed, the TV3 Group will operate as a three-channel business.

Speaking about the return of the soaps, Bill Malone, TV3 group director of programming, said: "We will shortly hold the rights to some of the most popular shows available internationally. These programmes will also help us recruit new viewers to our regular line-up of home produced shows."

Meanwhile, Andrew Hanlon, director of news and information programming at TV3, confirmed yesterday he is leaving the station at the end of the year. He said his "heart wasn't in it".

Mr Hanlon has been at the station for over 18 years and was responsible for the launch of 'TV3 News' as well as 'Ireland AM', 'Xposé' and 'Tonight with Vincent Browne'.

He helped develop some of the biggest stars on Irish television including Gráinne Seoige, Claire Byrne, Lorraine Keane and Maura Derrane.

"I've launched a lot of programmes, a lot of new faces and I just felt like I've done as much as I can, I want to move on," Mr Hanlon told the Irish Independent.

Mr Hanlon said he would remain in the broadcast business and would take some time off before getting stuck into "new ventures".

Irish Independent

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