Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bill approves RTÉ broadcasting outside Ireland

The Bill providing for the broadcasting of RTÉ outside of Ireland was passed by the Irish Government last Thursday, and at the same time the Irish in Britain and around the world were given access to free live RTÉ news bulletins on the Internet. The free simulcasts of RTE news television bulletins, including the 6pm and 9pm news bulletins as well as current affairs programmes are available on the RTÉ website.
Over 1.2 million people already use the RTÉ website each month - and over 44 per cent of them are located outside Ireland. The first week of live simulcasting included the transmission of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. As well as the news bulletins people can watch current affairs programmes including Prime Time, Nationwide, Questions and Answers, Capital D, Oireachtas Report and The Week In Politics which will also be streamed live.
The Bill providing for the broadcasting of RTÉ in Britain has been sent to President Mary McAleese to be signed so that it can become law. Once signed, RTÉ will be legally obliged to provide a television station for the Irish in Britain and around the world. This is expected to happen as soon as possible with many politicians saying RTÉ should be in Britain by the end of the year.
(Source: Irish Post/R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)