Northern Ireland

RTE channels will go on Freeview in Northern Ireland


People in Northern Ireland will be able to watch RTE TV channels on Freeview following digital TV switchover, the government has confirmed.

Three channels - RTE One, Two and TG4 - will be available.

Freeview delivery of the channels will be supplemented by overspill coverage from Saorview, its equivalent in the Republic.

Digital switchover is to be completed in Northern Ireland on 24 October of this year.

Minister of State for Northern Ireland Hugo Swire said:"This announcement is the culmination of a great deal of work involving the UK and Irish governments, the broadcasters themselves and the regulatory bodies.

"I'm pleased to welcome this important practical step, which will increase the coverage of RTE1 and 2 and importantly of TG4 following digital switchover later this year."

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: "I'm delighted that the digital future for TG4, RTE One and RTE Two in Northern Ireland is now strengthened and secure.

"Today's announcement is good news for viewers and continues our delivery on commitments set out in the Good Friday agreement."

Irish Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte added: "This announcement means that from Analogue Switch-off on 24 October, over 90% of viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to receive TG4 and the two primary RTE channels in digital.

"It is a hugely positive result in terms of practical cooperation resulting from the Good Friday Agreement."

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