U2's first television appearance was on 'Youngline' on 2 March 1978 although the band were then called Hype. By the time they won a talent competition in Limerick on 17 March, the Hype had changed their name to U2.

In March 1978 a band called the Hype played on the young people's programme 'Youngline'. By the time the band won a competition in Limerick on 17 March 1978, the Hype had changed their name and become U2.

In June 1978 the last programme in the series of 'Youngline' was a best of programme. The performance is edited here and shows presenter Conor McAnally introducing U2 performing 'Street Mission' and he explains how the band have changed their name. So U2's first television appearance was 2 March 1978.