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2008 in Irish television



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  • 4 June – An article in The Irish Post suggests that Diaspora TV will keep the RTÉ International name. The channel may also be on air ahead of the scheduled launch date of 17 March 2009.[2]
  • 12 June – RTÉ News Now is launched as an online service. The channel began broadcasting as a free-to-air channel on 29 October 2010 on Saorview.



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  • 20 October – TV3 announces that it will axe the Friday broadcast of TV3 Nightly News, moving current affairs programme The Political Party to replace it. The Saturday and Sunday editions of TV3 News at 5:30 will also cut back, with TV3 News at 5:30 being axed from the weekend schedules to be replaced by five-minute news bulletins.[4]
  • October – RTÉ News Now wins the award for Business Services at the Inspired IT Awards in Dublin.[5]


  • 2 November – RTÉ postpones the planned launch of RTÉ Entertainment, citing financial circumstances. The broadcaster had written to Eamon Ryan during October claiming that it would be "unwise" for it to continue with the plan. RTÉ said it intended to honour the commitment in the 2007 Broadcasting Act and hoped to launch the station by the end of 2009. A spokeswoman for Eamon Ryan says the decision to postpone the launch of the channel is "a reflection of the financial realities in Ireland and worldwide". She adds that the minister is committed to the idea of RTÉ International and that it could be a "brilliant product" similar to BBC World News.[6]
  • 9 November – RTÉ One airs Gaybo Laughs Back in which veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne introduces some of the comedy highlights from his thirty-seven years at the helm of the long-running television series, The Late Late Show.[7]
  • 10 November – Launch of Channel South, a television channel operated by City Channel, transmitting 24-hour local programming to Cork, Limerick, and parts of Kerry, Waterford, Clare and South Tipperary.
  • 21 November – An edition of The Late Late Show features a performance by the dance troupe The Satanic Sluts leading to a raft of complaints from RTÉ viewers in the following days. The same show ends with presenter Pat Kenny tearing up a pair of tickets for The Late Late Toy Show in frustration after a viewer who won them along with €10,000 in a phone-in competition said she wasn't "particularly interested" in attending.[8]


  • 8 December – Brenda Shanahan wins the first series of The Apprentice and a €100,000-a-year job with businessman Bill Cullen.[9]
  • December – RTÉ News moves out of its usual Studio Three in RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin,[10] and relocates to a temporary studio while work is carried out Studio Three for a relaunch. The new look is unveiled on the One O'Clock News programme on Monday 9 February 2009.[11]







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  1. ^ "Assembly broadcasting ban lifted". BBC News. BBC. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ "RTÉ International: It's coming soon!". The Irish Post. 4 June 2008. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Archbishop's appeal on Croagh Patrick". RTÉ News. RTÉ. 27 July 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ "TV3 lays off 15 and cuts news coverage as ad revenue slumps". The Irish Times. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  5. ^ "RTÉ – ''RTÉ News Now Wins an Inspired IT Award in the Business Services category''". 10 October 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Tighe, Mark (2 November 2008). "RTÉ shelves UK launch". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Star of the Day". RTÉ Guide. RTÉ. 9 November 2008.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Jason (24 November 2008). "RTÉ viewers raise hell over Late Late 'Satanic' show". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  9. ^ Cunningham, Grainne (9 December 2008). "Apprentice Brenda wins job thriller". The Irish Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  10. ^ "RTE News comes from Studio 3, one of the smaller production facilities in Donnybrook". Alan Farquharson. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  11. ^ Cunningham, Grainne (10 February 2009). "Here is the new-look news". Irish Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  12. ^ "World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network". WITBN. Retrieved 3 January 2012.