It was announced on 22 August 1994 that Teilifís na Gaeilge would go on air in 1996 with Cathal Goan as its chief executive. It would cost £18 million to get the television station up and running and an estimated £20 million a year to keep it on the air, starting with three hours of quality programming a night.
Jim Fahy talks to the newly-appointed Goan in this RTÉ News report. Goan says the Irish-language station will offer the full range of programming, catering for children, drama, sport and current affairs. Most of this will come from the independent sector. Pól Ó Cuimín of Telegael defends the station from its critics. The benefits are not just cultural and linguistic, Teilifís na Gaeilge is going to create a whole new industry.