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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.
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