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UTV Ireland signs content contract with BAI

27 February 2014

UTV Ireland Limited (UTV) a subsidiary of UTV Media plc has signed a ten year television content provision contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), under section 71 of the Irish Broadcasting Act.

UTV Ireland plans to commence broadcasting in the Republic of Ireland in January 2015.

UTV has an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes for the Republic of Ireland audience, including popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale from early 2015.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said:

"We are delighted to sign today’s contract with the BAI and look forward to bringing Irish viewers a fantastic new TV channel in January 2015. UTV Ireland will follow UTV’s existing winning formula of combining high quality news, current affairs, entertainment and drama. Today’s announcement represents a strong vote of confidence by UTV in Irish broadcasting and our investment in the Irish economy."

Bob Collins, Chairperson, BAI said:

"Today’s contract signing with UTV Ireland Limited is to be welcomed particularly for the additional choice and increased diversity of content that it will offer to Irish viewers. The company is well known to the BAI as a contractor for several radio services operating in the State. The Authority wishes the company every success with its television venture in this jurisdiction."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said:

"Our plans for UTV Ireland are now well under way and we look forward to announcing more exciting programming in the coming months. UTV Ireland will create more than 100 new jobs with its offices based in Dublin backed up by additional newsgathering and reporting presence in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick."

The announcement by the BAI is available here


Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland to enter into content contract with UTV Ireland

6 February 2014

UTV Media plc welcomes today’s announcement by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to enter into negotiations with its subsidiary UTV Ireland Ltd for a television content provision contract, under section 71 of the Irish Broadcasting Act.

UTV Ireland plans to commence broadcasting in the Republic of Ireland in January 2015.

UTV submitted its application to the BAI in November 2013 following the signing of an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes for the Republic of Ireland audience, including popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale from early 2015, once appropriate statutory broadcasting licences are in place.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said:

"We are delighted by the BAI’s announcement today to enter into negotiations on the terms of our television contract for UTV Ireland.

"The audience in Ireland has known the UTV brand for more than 50 years through our station for Northern Ireland and our market leading Irish radio stations. We look forward to building on that success with the launch of UTV Ireland in January 2015."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said:

"As we enter these negotiations, we look forward to bringing Irish viewers a wonderful new viewing experience in January 2015, utilising the existing UTV winning formula of combining high quality news, current affairs, entertainment and drama."

The new channel will be based in Dublin with additional newsgathering and reporting presence in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick.

The contract to be negotiated between the BAI and UTV Ireland Limited is provided for under section 71 of the Irish Broadcasting Act 2009.

The announcement by the BAI is available here


UTV announces new television channel in Ireland, creating more than 100 new jobs

6 November 2013

UTV Media plc is delighted to announce that its subsidiary UTV Ireland Limited (UTV) plans to launch a new Irish TV channel which will create more than 100 new jobs.

An application to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) for a Content Provision Contract was submitted today (6 November).

This announcement follows the signing of an agreement with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes for the Republic of Ireland audience, including popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale from early 2015, once appropriate statutory broadcasting licences are in place.

The new channel will be based in Dublin with additional newsgathering and reporting presence in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. UTV plans to have this new channel on air in early 2015.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc said:

"The audience in Ireland has known the UTV brand for more than 50 years through our station for Northern Ireland and we're delighted to announce our plans for a new dedicated channel for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.

"UTV Media already has a very strong presence in the Republic of Ireland employing more than 300 people in our various businesses including our market leading Irish radio stations. We look forward to building on that success with the launch of a new Irish TV channel.

"After incurring start-up costs in 2014 we expect the new channel to breakeven in its first full year of operation and then move into profit from 2016.

"Today's announcement represents a strong vote of confidence in Irish broadcasting and our investment in the Irish economy."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said:

"UTV was the first commercial TV channel in Ireland when it launched as part of the ITV Network back in 1959 and for many years the only place where you could watch Coronation Street and the hugely popular ITV network programming.

"We intend to introduce UTV Ireland in early 2015 utilising the existing UTV winning formula of combining high quality news, current affairs, entertainment and drama.

"We plan to make this new channel available on as many platforms as possible, subject to contract approval, with a catch up service also available online."

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