New Irish TV station to create 150 jobs
A NEW Irish TV channel creating 150 jobs, which will be broadcast here, across Europe and in the US, will be launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
IrishTv is the brainchild of husband and wife team Pierce O'Reilly and Maireach Ni Mhaoilchiarain, and the station will feature 50 home-produced programmes a week.
The couple, backed by Mayo-born multi-millionaire John Griffin, have bought Sky Channel 191, but the programmes will also be available on Freesat, in the US on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and online at IrishTV.ie and IrishTV.com.
Mr Griffin, who recently sold the UK's largest minicab service, Addison Lee, for €360m, is chair of the new €15m project.
Mr O'Reilly said the emphasis will be on community news.
"Each of the 32 counties will have their own half-hour 'County Matters' show once a week, produced by IrishTV's own nationwide production network. We are putting three-person teams in place in each county to produce them."
He said the station will take news and politics from RTE Digital, but the home-produced programmes will include everything from cookery and country music to fashion and farming, sports, childrens' programmes, golf and entertainment.
Musically, the focus will be on the successful country and Irish format, with stars such as Nathan Carter and Mike Denver and singing sensation Lisa McHugh presenting a prime time Saturday night show.
"At the moment, we are in Finglas making a classical music series with up and coming young Irish talent - musicians who have never got a minute on TV before."