The broadcaster has secured exclusive rights to air programmes made by ITV Studios including Coronation Street and Emmerdale on the new Dublin-based channel. The two soaps are currently broadcast by TV3.
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. – John McCann, group CEO of UTV Media.
UTV claim that the new channel will launch in 2015 and that it is set to create over 100 jobs.