New regional TV station plans Kerry 'Big Brother'
AN Irish version of 'Big Brother' could be on the way to our screens for the first time -- on a proposed regional, commercial television station.
It is just one of the programmes mooted by Tralee entrepreneur Carla Horan, who is planning to form a new commercial TV station dedicated to Kerry.
The ambitious project would see the channel broadcasting 24 hours a day and include news and sports bulletins from across the county, along with Irish language content, a chat show, cookery, arts, gardening, fashion and holiday programmes -- and even a Kerry-based soap opera. Live gigs at the INEC in Killarney will also be targeted for coverage by the channel; while there have been early discussions about launching a Kerry Lotto, with live TV draws.
Ms Horan (37) said plans were only at the "inception stage", but she has already brought the concept before the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and is in the process of applying for a contract to provide free-to-air TV on a digital platform. It is hoped the new station will be broadcasting by 2013.