Sunday 19 November 2017

How the TV station competitors shape up

How the three competitors shape up

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan
RTE
UTV
Collette Fitzpatrick
TV3
Julian Simmons

How the three competitors shape up

RTE

Established: 1961

Headquarters: Campus at Montrose in the heart of Dublin 4, the capital's des-res locale.

Flagship programmes: The Late Late Show, Love/Hate, Prime Time

Star presenters: Ryan Tubridy, Miriam O'Callaghan (right), Bryan Dobson

Home-grown programming: Excellent

News-gathering capability: Extensive

Audience share (in the Republic): RTÉ One – 20pc, RTÉ Two – 6.2pcEstablished: 1998

TV3

Headquarters: Non-descript industrial estate in Ballymount, west Dublin, close to the M50 motorway.

Flagship programmes: Ireland AM, Xposé, Tonight with Vincent Browne

Star presenters: Colette Fitzpatrick (left), Vincent Browne, Mark Cagney

Home-grown programming: Good, getting better

News-gathering capability: Modest but improving

Audience share: 11.4pc

UTV

Established: 1959

Headquarters: Belfast, but the company is likely to base its Republic-specific TV station in Dublin's north docklands close to where FM104 and Q102 are housed.

Flagship programmes: UTV Live, UTV Live Tonight, Lesser Spotted Ulster

Star presenters: Julian Simmons (right), Joe Mahon

Home-grown programming: Poor

News-gathering capability: Potentially extensive with a national network promised.

Audience share: 2.9pc

Irish Independent

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