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The opening moments of the second RTÉ television station RTÉ 2.

  • Title
    RTÉ 2 Opening Night
  • 1st Broadcast
    02/11/1978
  • Contributor
    Bernadette Ni Gallchoir (Presenter)
    Raymond Maxwell (Presenter)
    Roisin Harkin (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:21
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Welcome to Channel 2
  • Extended description

    The clock counts down to the opening of RTÉ's second television channel. The station's new presenters' Bernadette NÍ Ghallchóir, Raymond Maxwell and Roisin Harkin, welcome viewers to RTÉ 2.

    RTÉ 2 promises to bring the best of BBC and ITV, two British stations as well as new Irish programming. All three presenters stand for the national anthem.

  • Information

    The 1970s were a period of great investment by RTÉ in new services. Apart from introducing colour television, the organisation was also faced with the challenge of establishing a second television station. At first, it was suggested by the Minister for Post and Telegraphs, Conor Cruise O'Brien, that a simple relay of a BBC channel would satisfy demand for more programming while remaining inexpensive to operate. This idea was eventually dropped in favour of an indigenous channel controlled by RTÉ, following a survey of public opinion.

    Taoiseach Jack Lynch launched the second television channel, RTE 2 from the Opera House in Cork.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, RTÉ, RTÉ 2, 1970s, Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir, Raymond Maxwell, Roisin Harkin
  • Geographical coverage
    Cork, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Two (Network 2)
  • Production year
    1978
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    97D01401
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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