UTV signs deal for UTV Ireland

UTV Ireland has signed a ten year television content provision contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The company, UTV Ireland Limited, plans to commence broadcasting in the Republic of Ireland in January 2015. The Irish arm of UTV is part of UTV Media who also operate the ITV contract for Northern Ireland and have done since 1959.

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. – John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc

UTV has an agreement with ITV Studios (formerlly Granada Television) – the main content producer for the ITV UK Network – which will give UTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes for the Republic of Ireland audience, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale from early 2015.

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. – Bob Collins, Chairperson, BAI

The BAI and UTV announced earlier this month that they had begun negotiations for a television content provision contract, under section 71 of the Irish Broadcasting Act. UTV submitted its application to the BAI in November 2013.

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. – Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television

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

Pictured: Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive, BAI, Michael Wilson, MD, UTV Television, John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc and Bob Collins, Chairman, BAI at signing of new Content Contract with UTV Ireland at BAI, Dublin.

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