RTÉ One airs a variety of programming each week. Weekdays usually consist of soaps like East Enders, Fair City and various lifestyle programmes. Current affairs programming usually airs after 21:00. The channel also hosts a lot of films throughout the week such as the Midweek Movie and the Big Big Movie on Saturdays. They also air news coverage at 13:00, 18:00 and 21:00. Reeling In The Years is one of RTÉ’s most popular history strands. The RTÉ Player and their TV guide can be found on their website or in their magazine publication The RTÉ Guide.
RTÉ Two’s main emphasis is on programmes for children and young people together with sports and acquired imported programmes. Films are also regularly aired on the channel especially European cinema and International cinema. After 7pm, RTÉ Two airs its primetime line-up. This includes shows such as CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order and such home-produced shows as Livin’ with Lucy, Fade Street, The Model Scouts, The Republic of Telly and Wagon’s Den. RTÉ Two also airs premier movies and has first run rights to Irish rugby and football. The channel has a reputation for airing many US shows.
TV3 broadcasts a wide range of programming including news, sports, entertainment and reality TV. Their home-produced programming includes Tonight with Vincent Browne, Xpose, Midweek, TV3 News, The Apprentice, Celebrity Salon, Come Dine with me, Ireland AM, The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin as well as Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and GAA Championship coverage. They also simulcast programming such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, X Factor and I’m a Celebrity with ITV. International shows include Glee, Modern Family, Mike & Molly, America’s Got Talent, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Graham Norton show and many more.
TG4 is a dedicated channel as gaeilge. The daily Irish language programme schedule is its core service: 7 hours of programming in Irish such as Spongebob Squarepants and Beo, supported by a wide range of material in other languages such as French and English. TG4 broadcasts many popular US shows ranging from dramas to comedies. It often premieres such shows before other European broadcasters. Entertainment programming includes Without A Trace, One Tree Hill, 8 Simple Rules, Gossip Girl, South Park, True Blood and more. They also broadcast News, Current Affairs and Sport including GAA, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Cycling, International Rules and Snooker.
3e broadcasts a wide range of programming which is made up largely of US, Australian and UK television acquisitions, while also airing some Irish content. The channel airs mainly dramas, comedy, sports and movies. The channel provides a diverse mix of programming both local and international, targeting a demographic ranging between 16 to 35 year olds. Some of the shows you can expect to find on 3e are The Only Way Is Essex, Bridezillas, Family Guy, The US Office, House, Hung, Chuck and many more.
The BBC’s national flagship general entertainment channel. BBC One’s remit is to be the BBC’s most popular mixed-genre television service across the UK, offering a wide range of high quality programmes. It should be the BBC’s primary outlet for major UK and international events and it should reflect the whole of the UK in its output. A very high proportion of its programmes should be original productions.
BBC Two is the second television channel operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom. It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tending towards more ‘highbrow’ programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One.
BBC Three is a television network from the BBC broadcasting via digital cable, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite platforms. The channel’s target audience includes those in the 16-34 year old age group, and has the purpose of providing “innovative” content to younger audiences, focusing on new talent and new technologies. The channel is on-air from 19:00 to around 04:00 each night, in order to share terrestrial television bandwidth with the CBBC Channel. 90% of BBC Three’s output is from the UK and other European Union countries. 80% is original, covering all genres, from current affairs, to drama, to comedy to animation. BBC Three has
a unique 60 Seconds format for its news bulletins.
BBC Four is a British television network operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and available to digital television viewers on Freeview, IPTV, satellite and cable. It shows “a wide variety of programmes including drama, documentaries, music, international film, original programmes, comedy and current affairs … an alternative to programmes on the mainstream TV channels.” It has a schedule dominated by repeats but is required by its licence to broadcast at least 100 hours of new arts and music programmes, 110 hours of new factual programmes and premier 20 international films each year
A timeshift channel for RTÉ One (RTÉ One +1). Same channel as RTÉ One but all broadcast 1 hour later for a second chance to view.
This channel airs live news programmes such as Six One, as they are broadcast on other RTÉ channels, along with weather forecasts. During other periods, live current affairs programmes such as Prime Time are shown. Outside of these hours the most recent show is repeated, looped, unless interrupted by live feeds of breaking news stories. Up to the minute financial data and weather are also broadcast on-air.
BBC News is responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. It is the world’s largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage. The service maintains 44 foreign news bureaux and has correspondents in almost all of the world’s 240 countries.
FRANCE 24, a media of the Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France, is the first news channel covering international current events with an original tone and a different perspective. It broadcasts 24/7 on three channels, in French, in English and in Arabic, throughout the world. FRANCE 24 is distributed by cable, satellite, ADSL platforms and mobiles. The website www.france24.com is published in three languages (English, French, Arabic).
RT, previously known as Russia Today, is a global multilingual television news network based in the Russian Federation. RT shows round the clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, and debates, as well as sports news and cultural programs on Russia. The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to other international news channels, and broadcast through satellite and cable operators throughout the world.
RTÉjr is a children’s channel operated by Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ Television, which targets a demographic between 2 – 6 years of age. The channel broadcasts daily between 06:00 to 19:00, sharing broadcasting space with RTÉ One +1. The channel broadcasts without advertising required by broadcasting laws. RTÉjr airs as a programming block on RTÉ Two. Its flagship programme is hosted by Emma O’Driscoll and her puppet friend Ógie. The channel operates alongside its sister strand TRTÉ. You will find games, cartoons and educational programmes all for kids on this channel.
BBC’s children’s television – CBBC currently broadcasts as a 12-hour-a-day digital channel (the CBBC Channel) available from 7am to 7pm. CBBC produces a wide range of programme types, including drama, news, entertainment, and documentary and factual programming. CBBC therefore is often seen as offering a similar mix of formats to the wider BBC, albeit tailored to suit a young audience. The longest-running CBBC programme is the magazine show Blue Peter. Other notable current and former programmes include Grange Hill, Byker Grove, Newsround, Live & Kicking and recent hit Tracy Beaker Returns.
CBeebies is the digital channel for children aged under 6, and also airs its own strand on BBC One and Two. CBeebies offers a mix of entertainment and educational programming. The channel’s schedule is deliberately the same every weekday, with a different schedule at weekends, so that children can know what is on instinctively. The schedule also includes signed programmes, shown in the UK between 14:00 and 17:00 on weekends. The international channels also show many programmes broadcast on the UK channel, however some include programmes unique to that service.