UTV Ireland announce 'Ireland Live' daily news programme and 60-minute current affairs show
UTV Ireland have today announced a new news programme, 'Ireland Live' as part of the line-up for broadcast in early 2015.
“Ireland Live will be a 30-minute round-up of all the day’s news from both home and abroad with a specific sports focus on Fridays, looking ahead to all the weekend action," said Head of Channel Mary Curtis.
The channel also today revealed a sister news and current affairs programme, 'Ireland Live at 10', which will "also facilitate debate and expert reaction on topical issues.
"We will also commission and produce home-grown content which will complement this programming with a view to serving and entertaining our audiences further.”
Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny has also been unveiled as a new presenter for the channel on a "new peak-time series" although his exact role has not been revealed.
Other domestic content will include Rare Breed in which 22 Irish farming families currently being filmed across the country telling us about life as it really is over a year in their lives, as well as Paul and Nick, a Scotsman and an Irishman, best friends and chefs cooking up a storm on the high seas, state side.
Joe Mahon will also front Lesser Spotted Journeys which will give us a fresh view of those special places we know and love in Ireland.
UTV Ireland will also have access to programming made by ITV Studios for broadcast on the ITV main channel in the UK.
These will include Ant and Dec's I'm a Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway, and Mr Selfridge, as well as classics Prime Suspect and Cracker, and daytime shows This Morning, Loose Women and The Chase.
UTV Ireland has also signed programme deals with All3 Media (which makes shows like The Cube), DRG and HatTrick International.