RTE International on its way…

RTE has new plans to expand the geographical range of its output, firstly to Britain then further afield…

  • I suppose it might be a hot ticket on Kilburn High Road. To be serious though, I’d give it a go…it’s hard to keep up with the mainstream news over here, where everything else is pushed out by politics, Big Brother or Beckhamry.

  • About ten years ago RTE News did an outside broadcast “from” the South-East in front of a greenscreen. In this age of special effects they need never leave Dublin.
    Anyway RTE is confused enough with its “9am in the morning” tautologies. How would they manage in other timezones?

  • Martin

    It makes sense. My basic cable package in Greenwich includes French and German TV as standard, and the BBC is ubiquitous in the Republic, so there is no reason for RTE not to go international in this digital age IMHO.

    I think, with the tide of immigration now going the other way, though, this would have had more take up in Britain 20 or even 10 years ago. Still better late than never

  • Polish TV would probably be a bigger draw on the Kilburn High Road nowadays, although there will still be many people who will welcome this.

    I recall a rumour at the time Tara TV went down that RTE pulled the plug as a manouvre in the license fee negotations with the Government. If so, I guess it hasn’t worked.

  • Yokel

    RTE has been running global radio broadcasts for a while now, largely on satellite I think. This is a logical move, they’ve had ambtions to do it for a while it was probably a matter of the economics.

    It’s cost is likely to be much less in programming cost (rebroadcast of existing programs)and more in the cost of distribution. It wouldnt be so costly to get them in over Sky & cable, no idea what the story would be in the USA and elsewhere.

    I would guess its success depends on whether they expect people to buy this channel specifically or it would come bundled with a package. If its the latter they have a fighting chance of making it viable as it would mean a boosted audience. If it was a pure single subscription it might come to grief in an Daily Ireland kind of way with the circulation before advertising problem raising its head.

    Good luck to them.

  • Crataegus

    Great be able to tune into Ask Joe.

  • Henry94

    RTE should be sold off and the license fee abolished.

  • Kloot

    Great be able to tune into Ask Joe.

    Theres nothing like it 🙂

    Got a problem, who you gonna call… the A Team, nope, they aint lethal enough, just call Joe Duffy

  • GrassyNoel

    International network chiefs must be sh*tting themselves..It’s only a matter of time before the Lyrics Board and Winning Streak become the most watched television programmes in the history of humankind, blowing away previous award-winning productions like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and cementing their place in the lore or popular entertainment.

  • Kloot

    It’s only a matter of time before the Lyrics Board and Winning Streak become the most watched television programmes in the history of humankind,

    Your not going to believe it, but one of RTE’s biggest export, if not the biggest, is apparently the license lyrics board franchise!!! … crazy eh

  • páid

    Well, we import so much TV shite, we might as well export a bit. Balance of Payments and all that.

  • yingyangsang

    how to explain the six-one?
    Irish meantime i suppose.

  • Martin on Jan 15, 2007 @ 11:02 AM “It makes sense. .. so there is no reason for RTE not to go international in this digital age IMHO. I think, with the tide of immigration now going the other way, though, this would have had more take up in Britain 20 or even 10 years ago. Still better late than never “

    Or rather they should have gone to the 40mio Irish American market first with it’s well established cable systems and a derth of international sports prior to Fox / Sky soccer swamping. Fifteen years ago there was hardly a Setanta channel. They made millions of US dollars from the gaelic and to a lesser extent the soccer and less still the rugby… look where Setanta is now. The Irish broadcaster should have been in there with the sports, news, current affairs and, believe it or not, Glenroe, They’re too small minded and cocooned in the British mode of broadcasting. In the North East of the USA there are hundred of ethnic channels from the high sophisticated one to small college ones… it wouldn’t take much for RTE to set up once they changed their mind set rather than blame the funding issues.

  • “Henry94 on Jan 15, 2007 @ 01:01 PM wrote ”RTE should be sold off and the license fee abolished. “

    and when Tony O’Reilly’s propaganda machine bought it in their continued effort to moron-ize society, I still wouldn’t have got my tax’s worth after all the money had been pumped into the broadcaster. Sir Bean’s & co. would remove any the cutting edge journo work done (for fear it would upset the friends @ Westminster) and leave the channel similar to a OK magazine-lite with a west brit accent

    Shame on you Henry.

  • peter

    I think it is great news and I was really annoyed when Tara went belly up. It is good to get news from home and to be able to watch documentaries

  • Donnacha

    I’d love to get it, but preferably if they did a UK Gold and offered classic shows from years gone by. Ah the thoughts of descending into dotage to teh strains of Here comes the Wagon….or seeing the primitive-but-effective Hall’s Pictorial Weekly again. Ah, happy days.