In 1999 it was announced that the country's first Irish language television channel, Teilifís na Gaeilge, was to be re-named TG a Cheathair, or TG4.

The change is part of an effort to establish the station as one of the country's four national TV services and extend its audience.

The channel was first launched in October 1996 providing an Irish language television service.

The new station delighted those who had campaigned for years for an Irish language television service.

The channel now claims to have a daily reach of around 400,000 viewers with many of its programmes having won top international awards. In addition to the re-brand the station plans to provide more home produced programmes, children's programmes and sports broadcasts. 

A RTÉ News report by Jim Fahy broadcast on 4 August, 1999.