RTÉ CLÁRACHA GAEILGE EDUCATION & SCIENCE

COMMISSIONING BRIEF

UPDATED: 02nd October 2017

Ceannasaí Cláracha Gaeilge, Education and Science : Colm O'Callaghan

Executive Producer: Kevin Cummins

CLÁRACHA GAEILGE COMMISSIONING BRIEF

RTÉ Television has long given a platform to strong, unique issues, stories and voices within it's Irish language output, which plays in the heart of the RTÉ One schedules.

Recent output on RTÉ One from Cláracha Gaeilge includes the long-running series 'Scannal' and 'Cloch Le Carn', both of which are multi-part, single-camera series produced in-house and that play primarily on Mondays, RTÉ One, at 1930, although we also transmit now at 1900 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other in-house projects aired in 2016 include 'Ar Son Na Poblachta', a three-part series that looked at less obvious aspects of the 1916 Rising, 'Comhrialtas', which dealt with the history of coalition governments in Ireland, and 'Euros', which took a retrospective look at Ireland's experiences in the European football championships of 1988 and 2012. We also introduced a new in-house music strand called 'Fleadhed'.

Over the last number of years we have also broadcast a number of co-produced and co-funded projects, among them 'Oíche Na Gaoithe Móire' [BBC N.I./ILBF/BAI] and 'Guth na nGael' [BAI], and we are currently in production on an ambitious folk music series in association with BBC Alba and the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

'Polaitíocht ; Power On The Box', a four-part series on Irish politics in the television age, authored and presented by Harry McGee and co-funded by BAI, went out during November and December, 2016. Last June we broadcast 'GAA Nua', hosted by Dara Ó Cinnéide and again supported by BAI, which examined the changing face of the G.A.A. and the challenges facing the organisation, and in July we played 'U2 Agus An Arc', a single, one-off commission that looked at U2's long association with Cork city.

We are currently in production on two other BAI-supported series, a four-part strand on The Land Commission and a music-centred, multi-part travelogue with Donal Lunny.

Looking ahead to upcoming Sound And Vision rounds - and mindful also of the continued opportunities afforded through the Irish Language Broadcast Fund - Cláracha Gaeilge is actively seeking proposals for projects that satisfy the criteria of those funds and that can also compliment our in-house strands.

We are looking, in the first instance, for editorially-strong series that deal with aspects of life and living in modern Ireland and that can play right across all of the pre-watershed slots on RTÉ One.

Proposals should be relevant, have strong stories and characters at their core, have broad audience appeal and should be produced in the Irish language. They can be forward-looking, rooted in the present and cross-genre, covering aspects of lifestyle, entertainment, education, sport, music and science.

We are particularly interested in developing fresh faces and new voices, both as programme anchors, authors or contributors, and special consideration will be given to all proposals that have stated digital ambitions and that can work as dual-platform models. Last year's in-house one-off, 'Random Acts As Gaeilge' is a good example of how this kind of proposal could work.

The budget range is at c. €110k per hour. Proposals that can achieve lower costs-per-hour or that can be co-funded will be of particular interest.

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EDUCATION & SCIENCE COMMISSIONING BRIEF

Among the varied highlights of the slate over the course of the last nine months were strong, public education documentaries like 'Deafening' and 'Good Vibrations', both of which looked at contemporary experiences within the Irish deaf communities and 'Autism And Me', a vivid, closely-observed film that attempted to capture the realities of living with what is often a misunderstood disorder.

We also broadcast 'Crash And Burn', a one-off, feature-length documentary on the life of Tommy Byrne, a former racing car driver from County Louth and, in April, aired a second series of 'Big Week On The Farm, a stripped, science-themed event piece that looks at present-day agricultural and natural history practices in Ireland.

Over the course of Autumn, 2017, the slate will again broadcast 'Ploughing Live', direct from the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, County Offaly, as well as another prominent, stripped live event during November.

We are currently in production on another series of the outdoors/walking strand, 'Tracks And Trails', a final series of the long-running global affairs digest, 'What In The World', several science-based documentaries, a high-end series on the history of hurling and a sequel to the multi-award winning documentary, 'Close To Evil', that sees Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental witness many familiar issues across modern Europe.

In advance of an up-coming BAI/Sound And Vision round, we continue to seek fresh, inventive and ambitious proposals that can be as relevant and challenging as they are informative and public-education based.

Much of our recent output has featured fully-formed digital aspects and this department is especially keen on dual-platform story-telling, and in exploring further opportunities in this respect. Projects that can co-exist on-line and that can endure before and after linear transmission are especially welcome.

Strong examples here include 'Big Week On The Farm', 'Making Ireland Click', 'Building Ireland' and 'John Connors : The Travellers', all of which featured important, non-linear aspects and all of which were produced in partnership with third-parties.

Projects that can also have a life post-transmission - either as learning tools or public education tools - will be given special consideration.

We also take a broad view of on-screen and off-screen talent ;- among those who fronted projects for us in 2016 were the retired hurler Henry Shefflin, film producer and education advocate David Puttnam and architect Orla Murphy.

RTÉ is continuing it's relationship with Science Foundation Ireland into 2018 and further opportunities under this initiative will be announced over the coming months.

We are also open to discussing other strategic and funding partnerships, advertiser-funded programming and completion funding where appropriate. We have funded several recent projects in partnership with the BAI's Sound and Vision scheme and will continue to support particular proposals that comply with the spirit of that fund.

With that in mind, we are particularly interested in developing a fresh approach to global affairs, the emerging world and the Irish experience abroad.

Forthcoming projects like 'School Life' and 'Condemned To Remember' have been produced in partnership with the Irish Film Board and/or other broadcasters and we will continue to work with, and in support of, a wide range of independent producers and production companies.

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BAI

Closing date for submissions for to be considered for RTÉ support in BAI Round 30 is 12 noon on Friday 27th October - Strict Deadline.

All submissions must include a full budget and proposed finance plan.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system: https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
under the programme category "Claracha Gaeilge - BAI - Oct 2017, before the closing date of 12 noon on 27th October 2017 (Strict Deadline)

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EOLAS COIMISIÚNAITHE DO CHLÁRACHA GAEILGE

Buiséad: Tuairim is €55k an buiséad uasta atá leagtha amach don chlár. Cuirfear fáilte mhór, áfach, roimh thograí a bheadh níos éifeachtaí ó thaobh costais.

Craoladh: Clár faisnéise aonair, aon uaire, leathuair an chloig ar RTÉ One

Tá cáil mhaith le fada ar Theilifís RTÉ i dtaobh cláracha ar ardchaighdeán a chur ar fáil i nGaeilge. Táimid le blianta fada ag cur ábhar agus scéalta uathúla faoi bhráid an lucht féachana i gcroílár sceidil RTÉ, go háirithe ar RTÉ One.

I measc na gCláracha Gaeilge le déanaí bhí na sraitheanna seanbhunaithe 'Scannal', 'Cloch le Carn' agus 'The Geansaí'. Sraitheanna ilpháirte aon-cheamara iad na sraitheanna seo a léirítear in RTÉ agus a thaispeántar de ghnáth ar an Luan ar RTÉ One ag 19.30 agus Déardaoin ar RTÉ One ag 19.00. Tá roinnt sraitheanna gearra faisnéise craolta againn freisin - 'Ar Son Na Poblachta', 'Comhrialtas' agus 'Euros' - arís a léiríodh in RTÉ.

Agus chraolamar le déanaí freisin an tsraith 'Polaitíocht: - Power On The Box' agus 'GAA Nua', dhá sraith a léiríodh go neamhspleách le cúnamh ó chiste Fuaime agus Físe Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann.

Tá roinnt tionscadal, arna gcomhléiriú agus gcomh-mhaoiniú tríd an gCiste Craoltóireachta Gaeilge, craolta againn le roinnt blianta ina measc 'Oíche Na Gaoithe Móire' [BBC N.I./ILBF/BAI] agus 'Wolfland' [RTÉ/BBC N.I./ILBF/BAI], agus táimid faoi láthair i mbun réamhléiriúcháin ar shraith ceoil le BBC Alba, tríd an ILBF, a bheidh le craoladh in 2018.

Táimid freisin i mbun léiriúcháin ar roinnt sraitheanna nua le tacaíocht ón Údarás Craolacháin na hÉireann tríd an scéim Fuaime agus Físe.

Chraolamar le déanaí an clár faisnéise staire sóisialta dátheangach , 'U2 agus An Arc', agus cuirfimid fáilte anois roimh thograí faisnéise aonair, aon-uaire, leathuair an chloig le craoladh ar RTÉ One in 2018 ach a bhféadfaí é a thabhairt ar ais i sceideal RTÉ One mar shraith iomlán.

Ní mór scéalta téagartha, ábhartha a mbeadh carachtair ina gcroílár a bheith ag baint le gach togra, arna léiriú i nGaeilge agus a bheadh tarraingteach do raon leathan den phobal. Féadfaidh siad a bheith réamhbhreathnaitheach nó aisbhreathnaitheach, bunaithe san am i láthair nó san am atá caite agus meascán seánraí a bheith i gceist agus gnéithe slí maireachtála, siamsaíochta, oideachais srl a bheith ag baint leo. Is féidir aisteoirí agus údair a lua sna tograí ach ní gá.

An 12 meán lae Dé hAoine an 01ú Meán Fómhair 2017 (Spriocdháta daingean) an dáta deiridh a nglacfar le hiarratais agus ní mór gach togra a chur ar aghaidh via córas ríomhChoimisiúnaithe RTÉ.

Iarraimid ar léiritheoirí smaointe a chur ar aghaidh ar dtús ar an gcóras ríomhChoimisiúnaithe: https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
faoin gcatagóir clár Cláracha Gaeilge, Oideachas & Eolaíocht "Cláir Fhaisnéise Aonair RTÉ One 2018"

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