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2000 in Irish television


  • 1 January – RTÉ presents Millennium Eve: Celebrate 2000, coverage of the turn of the millennium from 31 December 1999 into 1 January 2000. The programme is part of the international strand 2000 Today to celebrate the occasion.
  • 1 May – Doctor Who: The Movie, the television film based on the Doctor Who television series receives its very first broadcast on television in the Republic of Ireland. Starring Paul McGann as the doctor, the film will be transmitted on TV3 from 3:55pm to 5:30pm.
  • 1 June – A new RTÉ Authority is appointed.[1]
  • 11 September – The UK broadcaster Granada Media plc agrees to acquire 45% of TV3 from the channel's original consortium as part of a deal giving TV3 the right to simulcast programming with ITV.[2]
  • Undated – RTÉ undergoes a programme of re-structuring.[1]
  • Undated – RTÉ establishes a Programme Development Fund to invest £25 million in indigenous programming over the next five years.[1]
  • Undated – By the end of 2000 RTÉ has a deficit of £11.23 million. Public funding for the broadcaster has been increased only once in the previous fifteen years.[1]
  • Undated – TV You is rebranded as UTV2.





Changes of network affiliationEdit

Shows Moved from Moved to
  Fireman Sam RTÉ One Network 2

Ongoing television programmesEdit





Ending this yearEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Teather, David (12 September 2000). "Granada buys 45% stake in Ireland's fast-growing TV3". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 11 April 2012.