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Local TV

Unlike other countries, including England, Ireland does not have a strong tradition of local broadcasting. Traditionally programmes made in Ireland were produced and broadcast from Montrose, Havelock House, or Broadcasting House Belfast. Regional production was almost non-existent until the 1990s.

This has lead to a gap which the cable companies have filled. Local television made its first appearence on the Phoenix Relays service in 1976. Regular local TV pages began on Cablelink in Dublin around 1990, with regular programmes beginning in 1995. Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Cork now also have local channels. Navan also has a commuinity TV service, with Derry getting the island's first local terrestrial service, Channel Nine. 1994 and again in 2000 saw local terrestrial TV in the form of RTE ONE opt-outs being experminted with.

Latest News:
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was off air for three weeks from 11/5/01-31/5/01. Additional Nickelodeon UK ("SNICK") programmes were broadcast. The service has now been restored however.

RTE's Nationwide Here and Now is set to continue - and plans are underway to establish
"regional news hubs" in Cork, Limerick, and Derry. (It now seems to be off air for the summer however)

Services:
RTE Nationwide Here and Now:
Terrestrial RTE ONE in Dublin, Galway, and West Coast. (Off air for summer)
Link: ntl Dublin
CTV Waterford
NTL Waterford's local channel.
Channel 9: Derry (Terrestrial)
Chorus Sports Channel: Chorus (some analogue + all digital).
Province 5 Television: Chorus Navan

pages not yet available for:
ntl Galway Local Channel
ONTV: NTL NI

if you can provide infomation and/or pictures of any of these services, e-mail me at icdg@oceanfree.net