The opening moments of the second RTÉ television station RTÉ 2.
- Title RTÉ 2 Opening Night
- 1st Broadcast 02/11/1978
- ContributorBernadette 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.
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
- Genre Entertainment and Performing Arts
- Topic The Media
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ Two (Network 2)
- Production year 1978
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier 97D01401
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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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