Public asked for views on new digital TV channels

15 Nov 2010

The Irish Government has called for public views on a range of new channels proposed by RTE for transmission on digital television.

Members of the public will have until 10 December 2010 to submit their views, Communications Minister Eamon Ryan TD said today.

The switch on of digital television was announced by the minister on 29 October and will include RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3 and TG4.

RTÉ has submitted a proposal for additional channels on this free-to-air service. They are:

·        RTÉ Two HD Select

·        RTÉ News Now

·        RTÉjr (channel aimed at preschool children)

·        RTÉ Plus (repeat of peak time RTÉ One content)

·        RTÉ Aertel Digital (enhanced digital teletext service)

Analogue switch-off

“The analogue signal will be switched off by the end of 2012,” Ryan said.

“Going digital has created the opportunity for RTÉ to expand its public service offering by introducing new television channels to the digital service in 2011.

“Today, we offer the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed new channels. We welcome all views.”

This process will run from today, 15 November, and closes on 10 December 2010.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years