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Ireland profile

  • 26 March 2012
  • From the section Europe
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Print media operate freely within the confines of the law

Public Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE) dominates the radio and TV sector. It provides a comprehensive service in English and Irish. TV3 is the main commercial TV station.

Competition comes from British public and private terrestrial TV. Satellite and cable TV are widely available.

Print and broadcast media operate freely within the confines of the law. Broadcasting - commercial and public - is regulated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Competition Authority safeguards against unfair competition in the press sector.

Cross-media ownership is permitted within limits - press groups may own up to 25% of local radio and TV stations.

A free-to-air digital terrestrial TV platform, Saorview, has been rolled out and the analogue TV signal will be switched off in 2012.

There were 3 million internet users by June 2010, comprising around 66 per cent of the population (Internetworldstats.com).

The press

Television

  • RTE- public, operates RTE 1, RTE 2, RTE News Now, RTE Jnr, TRTE
  • TG4- public, Irish-language
  • TV3- national, commercial; also operates 3e

Radio

  • RTE- public, operates flagship station Radio 1, pop music station 2 FM, Irish-language Raidio na Gaeltachta, classical and cultural station Lyric FM, and digital-only services
  • Today FM- national, commercial
  • Newstalk- semi-national, commercial