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Ireland's first international channel Irish TV has had its licence application approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Ireland's first international channel Irish TV has had its licence application approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Irish TV is a new local and international channel targeting the global Irish diaspora which commenced broadcasting on May 1 2014 under a licence issued by the UK regulator Ofcom.

On completion of contract negotiations and the signing of a contract with the BAI, Irish TV will relinquish the UK licence on which it is currently operating and operate under a Section 71 content contract, granted in this jurisdiction.

"We are delighted to be obtaining a broadcasting licence in the Republic of Ireland, where we are headquartered," said Irish TV CEO Pierce O'Reilly.

"Irish TV and the BAI hope to have negotiations over the final contract concluded as quickly as possible.

"This move is timely, coming just before we launch our expanded autumn schedule on Tuesday August 26."

"Our County Matters programmes have developed well since our launch in May, and each of the 32 counties now has a dedicated half-hour programme every week," he added.

"With the launch of the autumn schedule, we will be introducing a range of our own specific themed programmes."

Households in Ireland have access to Irish TV on Sky TV 191, Freesat 400, eircom eVision 191 and online at irishtv.com.

"We are currently in negotiations with the UPC platform, while the channel will also be available throughout the USA, Asia and Australia," Mr O'Reilly said.


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