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London Olympic Games 2012

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Let the Games Begin as RTÉ announces 2,300 hours of Olympic coverage

RTÉ announced it will offer up to 2,300 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Olympics across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ Digital beginning with the opening ceremony on Friday 27 July and running until the closing day on Sunday 12 August.

The 2012 London Olympics will see RTÉ.ie offer users up to 12 high-definition video streams with RTÉ Television broadcasting in excess of 12 hours of HD coverage each day while RTÉ Radio will feature coverage across five of its stations.

RTÉ Television Coverage

RTÉ Two will feature over 225 hours of television coverage over the 17 days of the games, bringing viewers all of the action in high definition throughout the games on RTÉ Two HD, expert analysis on all of the main events with a particular focus on the progress of the Irish Olympians.

Some of Ireland's biggest sporting stars and former Olympians will join RTÉ's team of analysts this year; Kenneth Egan joins Bernard Dunne, Michael Carruth and Mick Dowling for boxing, David Gillick and Ailis McSweeney join Jerry Kiernan, Dave Matthews and Victor Costello for athletics, while Andrew Bree joins Gary O'Toole and Earl McCarthy to provide analysis for swimming. Former Olympian's Neville Maxwell (rowing) and Ian Wiley (canoe slalom) will also add their expertise in their respective sports.

With 14 sports represented in the most diverse Irish team in Olympic history, RTÉ will be focused on the achievements of the Irish athletes competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming and triathlon.

Each day, the coverage will begin on RTÉ Two with London Olympics 2012 at 9.30am as Peter Collins presents live action from London as it unfolds up until 1.00pm including the athletics and swimming heats. Following this, Michael Lyster (weekdays) and Tracy Piggott (weekends) present continuing coverage of live action from 1.00pm-4.00pm and will be joined by some of Ireland's top sporting names for analysis of a range of events including boxing and road cycling. Darragh Maloney will anchor coverage on London 2012 Olympics from 4.00pm-7.00pm featuring regular Olympic News Reports and updates on the Irish as well as plenty of live action including gymnastics, boxing, track cycling finals and basketball featuring the US dream team.

Each evening from 7pm Bill O'Herlihy, presenting coverage of his 10th Olympics, will provide further live action including the swimming, athletics and boxing finals along with discussion and analysis of the major issues of the day with RTÉ's top team of analysts.

RTÉ's Television commentary team includes Jimmy Magee commentating on his 12th Olympics, George Hamilton at his 9th Olympic Games, Tony O'Donoghue, John Kenny, Hugh Cahill, Ryle Nugent, Stephen Alkin, Nick O'Hare, Robert Hall, Ger Canning, Myles Dungan and Tim McCarthy. Reporters Marty Morrissey, John Kenny and Clare MacNamara will be in London while Daire O'Brien and Aidan Kelly will provide updates on all of the breaking stories. View our Olympic Advertising packages Here

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RTÉ Sport Lines Out for the 2012 GAA Championships

RTÉ Sport have unveiled their extensive 2012 GAA Championship coverage across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie.

This year RTÉ's unrivalled and top quality GAA coverage will be further strengthened by the broadcast of 13 games in high definition (HD) and the arrival of new signings Eddie Brennan and Martin McHugh to The Sunday Game panel along with the welcome return of analysts Ger Loughnane and Donal O'Grady. This season will also see Marty Morrissey present a new GAA discussion show, Championship Matters.

RTÉ Television will broadcast a comprehensive package of 31 live games, including a record 13 matches in high definition on RTÉ Two HD, across this summer's GAA Championships including both the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championship finals, all of the semi-finals, and four of this year's quarter-finals. The Leinster football and hurling finals will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two as well as the Munster Senior Hurling Final on July 15th.

Now in its 34th year, Ireland's premier GAA television programme, The Sunday Game, will return on Sunday, May 20th with presenter Des Cahill in the chair. The Sunday Game will feature highlights of over 90 matches this season as well as two LIVE audience shows in September.

As the big games approach this Summer, every GAA fan will be able to kick off their weekend early, with RTÉ Two's new Thursday evening Gaelic Games series. Championship Matters will tap into the pride and passion of the inter-county Summer with a lively mix of opinion, analysis and argument. Star names and expert observers will digest the unfolding events of the GAA championships and offer an entertaining and engaging take on the competition and its controversies. Hosted by Marty Morrissey, the series debuts on Thursday 31st May on RTÉ Two.

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Fair City to launch on RTÉ Player & RTÉ One + 1

RTÉ's Fair City will be available on the RTÉ Player and RTÉ One+1, commencing with the episode broadcasting on Tuesday, 1st May, 2012. Tuesday's episode will be available on the RTÉ Player, shortly after broadcast across the island of Ireland. There is provision in the agreement for twenty-one day catch-up.
The period of the current agreement is for two years, up to the 30th of April, 2014.

Fair City will be available on the RTÉ Player - - online, on mobile via iphone, on iPad and iPod Touch, plus on notebooks, PS3 and on desktops. It will also be available on RTÉ One + 1 on both SAORVIEW and UPC.

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RBS 6 Nations Ratings Success

The RBS 6 Nations action kicked off at the weekend with live coverage across Saturday and Sunday on RTÉ Two. Both France and England started their 2012 campaign with wins but Ireland have it all to play for after a last-minute penalty saw them losing their opening clash against Wales.

On the back of the Rugby World Cup late last year, interest in Irish rugby remains high and Sunday's game against Wales saw record viewing figures with almost 650,000 people watching the coverage of Sunday's match from the Aviva Stadium on RTÉ Two (based on Individuals 4+ / Live + VOSDAL / 647,600). Only 1 RBS 6 Nations game in 2011 attracted a higher audience, Ireland's last game of the tournament against England on 19th March. It was watched by 689,200 people (based on Individuals 4+ / Consolidated).

Sunday's match between Ireland and Wales achieved average ratings of 21.12 for Men and 23.23 for Men ABC1, making it the highest-rating programme for both demographics this year to-date, across all channels (Based on Live + VOSDAL / any day, any time, best episode).

The earlier match on Sunday also saw record viewing figures. Aside from the 5 Irish games, which are traditionally the highest-rating 6 Nations games, the highest audience achieved last year was for the very last game of the tournament between France and Wales, with an average consolidated audience of 299,600 viewers. The coverage of the Scotland v England game which ran from 4.50 – 7.00pm on RTÉ Two on Saturday was watched by an average audience of 332,600 (Live + VOSDAL). A third of all Men watching TV at the time were watching the match on RTÉ Two.

There'll be lots more rugby action this weekend on RTÉ Two, the home of Sport for Irish audiences!

To read more about our RBS 6 Nations Championship 2012 packages on offer, Click here *Limited Availability*

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RTÉ to Broadcast RBS 6 Nations in HD

RTÉ Sport announced details of its comprehensive coverage of this year's RBS 6 Nations, which sees the tournament being broadcast in HD for the first time in Ireland. All 15 RBS 6 Nations matches will be broadcast in HD free-to-air on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW.

RTÉ Sport will deliver extensive coverage of RBS 6 Nations 2012 including:
• All 15 matches across the five weekends of the tournament broadcast live on RTÉ Two television and on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW.
• All of Ireland's matches broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1, FM, LW, DAB and online.
• All 15 matches will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie within the island of Ireland.

Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport RTÉ, said: "We are proud to announce the HD broadcast of the RBS 6 Nations for the first time on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW. RTÉ constantly strives to deliver the big competitions and offer the Irish public the broadest choice of options across all our platforms to follow, enjoy and get involved with the RBS 6 Nations."

RTÉ's unrivalled team of presenters and panellists will be providing their expert analysis and opinion at every stage of the tournament. On RTÉ Two television, Irish International and Leinster's Shane Horgan will join the panel for the first time on the RBS 6 Nations.
Anchorman Tom McGurk will also be joined by George Hook, Brent Pope, Conor O'Shea and Donal Lenihan with Clare MacNamara reporting from the Irish camp while the commentary team of Ryle Nugent, Tony Ward, George Hamilton, Hugh Cahill, Ralph Keyes and Frankie Sheahan bring you all the action on the field.

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RTÉ Sport and Horse Racing Ireland announce Two Year Broadcasting Deal

RTÉ Sport, Horse Racing Ireland and the Association of Irish Racecourses announced today (Wednesday, 7 December) that they have agreed a new broadcasting deal for live coverage of Irish horse racing for the next two years ensuring that Irish racing fans will enjoy the most prestigious days in the Irish racing calendar free-to-air on RTÉ Television up until 2013.

RTÉ Television will broadcast 23 days of live Irish racing coverage each year for the next two years, featuring the great racing days of all the major festivals, with live television coverage also simulcast on RTÉ.ie within the Republic of Ireland.

The major festivals including Punchestown, Galway and the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown will be broadcast live, as well as the biggest races of the year: the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, Hennessy Gold Cup, Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes and the blue-riband event of the flat season, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said; "This new agreement is a statement of intent for RTÉ underlining our commitment to Irish racing. Irish horse racing coverage continues to be a priority for us and is an important part of our public service broadcasting remit. In addition to our live television coverage there will also continue to be extensive coverage of Irish racing on RTÉ Radio sport programming and RTÉ.ie will continue to provide all the latest news, race-cards and results. We look forward to bringing the public all the very best action and excitement in Irish racing. "

Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), said, "Irish Horse Racing has a long and successful relationship with RTÉ and it very good news for everyone associated with racing that this will continue. The level of coverage agreed in this deal is a testament to the enduring popularity of racing and the way that RTÉ has covered its top meetings over the years. We look forward to closer engagement with RTÉ Sport across TV, Radio and the Web to present and celebrate the successes of our owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in coming years"

John Moloney, Chairman of the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) said: "Racing's profile on RTÉ Television is a vital part of its continuing appeal and success, helping racecourses to promote race-going amongst the general public and to attract and retain sponsorship across all business sectors."

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Friday night's Late Late Toy Show beats last year's record-breaking audience!

Friday night's Toy Story-themed Late Late Toy Show was watched by an average audience of 1,414,300 people1, an increase of almost 7,000 viewers on last year's record-breaking audience of 1,407,700 viewers1. 78% of HK with Kids and 86% of Kids watching TV at the time were watching the programme on RTÉ One, proving its enduring popularity with Irish viewers, both young and old.

The average audience for the Toy Show has grown each year since Ryan Tubridy first hosted it back in 2009. Last year's show was the highest rating Late Late Toy Show since 1994 so to grow the audience again this year is a phenomenal achievement. This year's show attracted significantly more young Adults compared to last year. The average Live + VOSDAL ratings for Adults 15-24 and 15-34 year-olds at 26.40 and 29.67 represented increases of 24% and 14% on the average ratings achieved by the show in 2010.

With an average Adult rating of 33.14, the programme ranks as the highest rating programme on Irish Television this year across all channels.

The consolidated figure for the programme will not be available until Monday 12th December so the average audience for Friday's programme is likely to rise further when that viewing is included.

Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM

1 Average 000s / Live + VOSDAL / Individuals 4+ both for 2010 & 2011

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RTÉ Television and SPAR announce the ultimate product placement with Fair City

SPAR store to open in Carrigstown this December

BWG Foods makes overall investment of €900,000 in three year sponsorship and marketing programme

RTÉ Television and BWG Foods, owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland, have today announced a first for RTÉ television sponsorship with an agreement to open a SPAR store on the set of Ireland's most popular home-grown soap Fair City. The agreement, which is part of an overall marketing investment of €900,000 over the next three years, will see Christy Phelan's corner shop transformed into a state-of-the-art SPAR store over the coming weeks.

Willie O'Byrne, Managing Director BWG Foods (operators of the SPAR brand),
"SPAR has been an integral part of local Irish communities right across the country for nearly 50 years now, so it seemed only natural that we would extend this presence to one of the best known local towns on Irish television. We're delighted to have reached agreement with RTÉ on what is an innovative and pioneering sponsorship for Irish television - one that will bring the SPAR brand directly to over 500,000 viewers across Ireland four times every week. We look forward to welcoming Christy to under the tree at SPAR."

Suzanne Weldon, Marketing & Communications Director at BWG Foods added,
"This new arrangement with Fair City presents SPAR with a far reaching platform for communicating with its customers in an innovative and entertaining way. This opportunity goes beyond product placement because the SPAR brand will feature as part of the storyline and script and we'll also seek to maximise marketing activity through our network of over 450 retailers. We're all extremely excited about this development and look forward to the on-screen 'store launch' in December."

Speaking at the announcement, Gerry McGuinness of RTE Sponsorship said,
"This is the first high profile product placement agreement for RTÉ and the biggest to date in this territory. It is a perfect example of how creativity and commerce can work harmoniously together to benefit the production process and the brand. When Fair City planned that Christy would renovate the shop and reinvent his life it was a natural opportunity to talk to appropriate retailers about becoming the shop on the Fair City Street. Of course there was huge interest in this proposal as Fair City is the most popular soap on Irish television, attracting over half a million viewers on average per episode this year. We now look forward to the characters shopping at SPAR for the next three years."

Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor, Drama, RTÉ Television, said:
"RTÉ's partnership with SPAR gives us a great opportunity to develop a new story for one of Fair City's favourite characters, Christy Phelan. The SPAR presence in Carrigstown develops Fair City in the age of product placement with a real world authenticity and brings the creative and commercial imperatives of RTÉ together with SPAR in an interesting and progressive way."

Christy's new SPAR store is set to be unveiled as part of the series on 6th December.

There are 450 SPAR stores operating throughout the Republic of Ireland, providing employment for over 14,000 people locally and supporting many local Irish suppliers around the country. SPAR Ireland, part of the BWG Group, incorporates the three SPAR formats of EUROSPAR for family and supermarket shopping, SPAR for convenience and neighbourhood shopping, and SPAR Express for forecourt shopping.

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RTÉ Creative Partnership's Scoop the Gold's
RTÉ media and creative partnerships recognised with Golds at Kinsale Sharks!

RTÉ's media and creative partnerships for Carat for the Kellogg's 'Field Of Dreams' and Starcom for SuperValu's Easter campaign have won Gold awards at the 2011 Kinsale Sharks International Advertising Festival.

Now in its 46th year, the festival, which is held each year in September saw over 700 leading creative people from all over the globe attend.

RTÉ worked with Carat to deliver a ground-breaking media & creative partnership in 2010 to promote the Kellogg's 'Field of Dreams Competition'. The Field Of Dreams gave local community sports club or organisations the chance to transform their local playing field by winning a make-over to the value of €100,000.

Three runners-up also received €10,000 each to update their sports facilities. RTÉ delivered a unique media and content partnership across TV, Radio, Digital & Print which helped Kellogg's surpass their campaign objectives, and made it one of the most talked about campaigns of 2010.

The campaign won Gold at the Sharks in the Integrated Media category and has also won awards at The Media Awards, the APMCs, as well as at the Aegis Global Awards.

Following the highly successful partnership with Starcom on SuperValu's Christmas campaign, RTÉ continued its successful partnership with Starcom & SuperValu to create and deliver a campaign which featured Kevin Dundon in a unique series of long format TV spots.

Each commercial featured Kevin Dundon as he visited a number of SuperValu's Irish food suppliers. The commercials gave insight into the workings of each food business and highlighted SuperValu's support for local Irish food, and resultant quality and value for its customers. Cross-media activity across the RTÉ Guide, 2fm, RTÉ.ie supported the theme.

The campaign won a Gold in the Integrated Media category and Silver in the Media Excellence category.

To find out more about RTÉ's creative partnerships and how they could work for your brand, call Gavin McAuliffe on (01) 208 3492 or email

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RaboDirect to sponsor RTÉ's RaboDirect PRO12 Coverage

Photo, L-R: Aoife Mahon (Offline Marketing Manager, RaboDirect), George Hook, Brent Pope, Dermot Rigley (Cross Media Manager, RTÉ Sport), Daire ÓBrien, Martin O'Leary (Online Marketing Manager, RaboDirect) and Gina McCrudden (Investment Marketing Manager, RaboDirect)

RTÉ has announced today that RaboDirect will sponsor RTÉ Sport's coverage of the RaboDirect PRO12 across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie throughout the 24 weekends of the rugby tournament.

The RaboDirect PRO12, rugby's premier professional club competition in Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales features 12 teams including current Champions Munster, European Champions Leinster, Connacht Rugby, Ulster Rugby, Benetton Treviso Rugby, Aironi Rugby, Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, the Ospreys and Scarlets.

RTÉ's coverage begins this Friday 2nd September with highlights of Leinster's opening game of the season against the Ospreys in Wales. This season sees up to 35 live matches set to be broadcast on RTÉ Two television and simulcast on RTÉ.ie with live derby matches on RTÉ Radio 1.

RaboDirect is the online banking arm of Rabobank International Direct Banking. RaboDirect operates in the Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand, offering savings accounts, term deposits and managed funds. RaboDirect currently have over 80,000 savings and investment customers in Ireland.

Geraldine O'Leary, Commercial Director, RTÉ Television commented:

"Offering cut-through across all platforms under one brand is RTÉ's unique offering to the market. RaboDirect PRO12 remains on terrestrial free-to-air television and RaboDirect has secured a powerful association with the RaboDirect PRO12 across all of RTÉ's market-leading platforms - RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie. This partnership is a great endorsement of RTÉ Sport's output and its powerful audience reach and we're delighted to welcome RaboDirect on board"

Roel van Veggel, General Manager of RaboDirect in Ireland said:

"We're thrilled the kick off of the RaboDirect PRO12 season is finally here. No doubt a season which will be fuelled with expectations about what memorable games and champions the next nine months will produce. This is a very exciting time for us to be sponsoring a sport and a competition that matches so many of our own values as a bank. Rugby is all about Passion, Commitment, Focus, Power and being Direct and these values are what both Rugby and RaboDirect stand for. We're looking forward to getting closer to fans, closer to the action and closer to local communities; while at the same time encouraging even greater crowds at the games, watching online or listening on radio. Rugby is after all, where it's at and RTÉ provide us with the perfect platform to support our sponsorship ambitions"

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Free to air digital television now available via SAORVIEW

SAORVIEW is now available to 97% of Irish households and carries, amongst others, RTÉ One, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉNews Now, RTÉjr and RTÉ One + 1. SAORVIEW will also carry a new enhanced digital RTÉ Aertel information service and all of RTÉ's radio services.

"We are delighted to be able to offer such a high quality service free to Irish viewers", said Mary Curtis, Director of Digital Switchover, RTÉ. "After the initial purchase of a set top box or a new integrated digital television (iDTV) there is no subscription and no ongoing cost."

The new service will replace the old analogue television service – the signal received through an aerial – which will be switched off throughout Europe by the end of 2012. Of the 1.6 million TV households in Ireland almost 600,000 (37%) receive some television services through an aerial (either for their primary television or other televisions). Just over 335,000 (21%) Irish TV households currently depend entirely on the analogue service. These homes will lose their Irish television services at the end of 2012 unless they switch to another form of TV reception.

SAORVIEW offers a number of new enhanced services. It introduces free High Definition (HD) television broadcasting to Irish television for the first time. RTÉ Two HD have already broadcast the Magners League Final between Munster and Leinster and the Munster Hurling Championship quarter final between Cork and Tipperary in HD.

Speaking on the impact of Saorview, Commercial Director of Television; Geraldine O'Leary said;

'Saorview offers the viewer and the advertiser quantity and quality. RTÉ are now offering more channels (RTÉ One, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉ Jr, RTÉ One +1, and RTÉ News Now) and in better quality as illustrated by RTÉ Two HD. We in RTÉ have sought to be the leaders in innovation in Ireland. Being first with HD broadcasts demonstrates our commitment to this. Watch this space for many more HD programming from RTÉ'

As well as attracting those who must find a new means of receiving television signals by the end of 2012, SAORVIEW is expected to appeal to other television viewers seeking non-subscription digital television for either second rooms and/or second homes.

RTÉ is investing €70 million in the infrastructure needed to allow Ireland make the transition from analogue to digital television. Ireland moving to digital will free up spectrum for use by other important communications services such as broadband, mobile TV or other communications services. The Government has estimated that the Irish economy will benefit by up to €500 million over the next decade as a result of the switch to digital television.


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RTÉ Secures Broadcast Rights for Republic of Ireland's Crucial Euro 2012 Play-Offs

RTÉ Sport has announced that it is has secured the live broadcast rights for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 Qualifying play-off games against Estonia this November. Both the home and away matches will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, RTÉ Radio 1 and streamed live on RTÉ.ie

The opening leg will see the Republic of Ireland team travel to Tallinn to face Estonia on Friday 11 November. The match will kick off at 7.45pm with live coverage of the game beginning at 7.00pm on RTÉ Two, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie.

The second leg will then take place four days later on Tuesday 15 November as the Republic of Ireland play host to Estonia at the Aviva Stadium. This crucial game will again be broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, RTÉ Radio 1 and streamed live on RTÉ.ie

On RTÉ Two television Bill O'Herlihy will be joined by John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady for pre and post match analysis and debate as the national side look to secure their place in the UEFA Euro 2012 Championships next summer in Poland and Ukraine.

Live radio coverage of the game will be on RTÉ Radio 1 on FM, on LW 252, on digital and online from 7.30pm with analysis from Kenny Cunningham, Damian Richardson and John Anderson. Gabriel Egan and Eoin Hand will provide match commentary.

The matches will also be streamed live on within the Republic of Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland's final qualifying Group B game against Armenia on Tuesday 11th October attracted a peak television audience of 968,000 viewers*. An average of 605,000** viewers tuned in to RTÉ Two for the entire match from kick-off to final whistle with the audience peaking during the final minutes of the game.

Minute peak of 968,000 viewers was recorded 8.37pm during the closing stages of the game.

**An average of 605,000 viewers watched the entire match from kick-off to final whistle (6.48pm to 8.38pm)

All figures quoted are Live + VOSDAL and sourced from Nielsen TV Audience Measurement

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Rugby World Cup 2011
Ireland v Italy match: highest rating sports programme this year for Men ABC1

Ireland's crucial Rugby World Cup match against Italy on Sunday morning was watched by an average of 630,000 people1.

73% of Irish Adults who were watching TV at the time watched the coverage on RTÉ Two, which ran from 8:00 – 10:47am2. The programme achieved an average rating of 25.45 for Men ABC1 and an average share of 75%, making it the highest rating sports event this year to-date for this demographic and the second highest rating programme overall, after The Frontline Leaders Debate on 14th February3.

Despite airing early on a Sunday morning, the vast majority of viewers got up early to watch the Ireland v Italy match live. The average live audience for the coverage was 569,300 with a further 61,000 watching it on the same day as live. Live viewing made up 90% of the average Live + VOSDAL audience.

Each of the 4 Irish pool games were watched by an average of just over 400,000 viewers1. The 2 highest rating matches so far were Sunday's game against Italy, followed by Ireland's phenomenal match on 17th September against Australia.

With Ireland looking like they have a real chance of progressing in the tournament now, audiences will no doubt be glued to Ireland's Quarter Final match against Wales this Saturday at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM

  • 1 Individuals 4+ / Live + VOSDAL / Average 000's
  • 2 Adults 15+ / Live + VOSDAL / Average Share
  • 3 Men ABC1 / Live + VOSDAL / Any Day, Any Time, Best Episode / 1st January – 2nd October 2011
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    Dublin's first Sam in 16 years attracts a 1.4m television audience as Irish sports fans savour a great weekend of sport on RTÉ Television

    Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final attracted a huge viewership peaking at 1.4 million viewers in the final minutes of the match as Dublin dramatically came back from four points down against Kerry to snatch the title.

    An average audience of 1,175,300 viewers, 74.61% of the available audience, tuned in to the gripping game from throw-in to final whistle on RTÉ's The Sunday Game Live. As Dublin staged a late, late comeback to claim their first title in 16 years, 1,077,500 people tuned in for full coverage of the game including post-match analysis and reviews with RTÉ's panelists Pat Spillane, Joe Brolly and Colm O'Rourke.

    On a great weekend of sport on RTÉ Television, Ireland's historic pool stage win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand also drew huge audiences. An average audience of 624,000, 65.14% of the available audience, tuned in for full coverage of the match including all the analysis from RTÉ's Rugby panel of George Hook, Brent Pope and Frankie Sheahan. The audience peaked at 808,700 as Ireland stoutly defended their 9 point lead in the final minutes of the game.

    RTÉ's coverage of the All-Ireland Senior Football final ranks as the highest rating sports event on television this year to-date and attracted the 5th highest audience of any programme this year in Ireland

    Source: Nielsen TV Audience Measurement

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    RTÉ Sport announce O2 sponsorship of RTÉ's Rugby World Cup Coverage

  • Back row: Brent Pope, Ben Kay, Michael Corcoran, Daire O'Brien, Hugh Cahill, Tom McGurk
  • Front row: Ryle Nugent, Jonnie Cahill - Marketing Director Telefonica Ireland, Dermot Rigley – Cross Media Manager RTÉ Sport, Geraldine O'Leary, Commercial Director RTÉ Television, George Hook, Donal Lenihan, Frankie Sheahan, Brent Pope

  • RTÉ Sport have announced that O2 will sponsor RTÉ's coverage of the Rugby World Cup across RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie. RTÉ's 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign will include all of Ireland's games broadcast live from New Zealand as part of an astounding 130 hours of rugby coverage across television, radio and online.

    RTÉ Television's coverage will include the live broadcast of 13 key matches, including all of Ireland's Pool matches, the Final, the Bronze Final, both semi-finals, all four quarter-finals and the opening match, all of which will also be simulcast and available for catch-up on RTÉ.ie. For the first time ever coverage of the Rugby World Cup will also be broadcast in HD in Ireland as RTÉ Television's live coverage of 13 key games is also available on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW. In addition, all of Ireland's games will be broadcast exclusively live on RTÉ Radio.

    Geraldine O'Leary, Commercial Director, RTÉ Television commented "Offering cut-through across all platforms under one brand is RTÉ's unique offering to the market. Rugby World Cup remains on terrestrial free-to-air television and O2 has secured powerful association with Rugby World Cup across all of RTÉ's market-leading platforms- RTÉ Television, RTÉ Radio and RTÉ.ie. This partnership is a great endorsement of RTÉ Sport's output and its powerful audience reach and we're delighted to welcome O2 on board".

    Jonnie Cahill, Marketing Director of Telefónica Ireland, which operates the O2 brand in the Irish marketplace, said: "I am delighted to announce our sponsorship of RTÉ's forthcoming Rugby World Cup coverage. With a variety of early morning kick off times, watching the games at home will be a key feature of this year's tournament and as the Irish team sponsor this was an exciting opportunity for us to consider. We have created some fantastic ads with Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Johnny Sexton which we're looking forward to sharing with rugby supporters throughout the campaign and we hope these will add even more enjoyment to RTÉ's excellent coverage of the Rugby World Cup"

    Rugby World Cup 2011, the seventh edition of rugby's showcase event, kicks off in New Zealand on 9 September and will feature the top 20 teams in the world competing across 48 tournament matches. The Final will be played on 23 October 2011 at Auckland's iconic Eden Park Stadium. It is expected that the tournament will be broadcast to four billion fans worldwide.

    For further information please contact:

    Dermot Rigley, Cross Media Manager, RTÉ Sport, Ph: 208 2652 / 086 8193739, Email:

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    RTÉ Secures Rugby World Cup 2011 Broadcast Rights

    RTÉ Sport has secured live broadcast rights to Rugby World Cup 2011, allowing it to provide extensive free-to-air television coverage of rugby's showcase event to the Irish public along with other major international sports events.

    RTÉ has successfully secured live broadcast rights for television, radio and online, ensuring that Irish rugby fans will be able to access quality coverage of their national team in action in next year's Rugby World Cup on all of RTÉ's platforms.

    RTÉ Television's coverage will include the live broadcast of 13 key matches, including all of Ireland's Pool matches, the Final, the Bronze Final, both semi-finals, all four quarter-finals and the opening match, all of which will also be simulcast and available for catch-up on RTÉ.ie.  In addition, all of Ireland's games will be broadcast exclusively live on RTÉ Radio.  


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    RTÉ secures comprehensive GAA coverage until 2013

    RTÉ has secured the rights for comprehensive GAA Championship coverage across RTÉ Television and Radio for the next three seasons, guaranteeing quality free-to-air coverage up to and including 2013.

    The Package:
    Four live television packages for the GAA Championships
    Three live radio packages for the GAA Championships
    The Sunday night television highlights package

    Over the next three years, RTÉ will deliver the following:

    • Exclusive coverage of the All Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals both on RTÉ Television and RTÉ Radio
    • Over 90 live Championship games on RTÉ Television
    • First-choice radio-broadcast rights for the GAA Championships ensuring that RTÉ Radio 1 emerge with the first-choice of games on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Championships
    • RTÉ Radio will continue to deliver exclusive coverage of the Allianz GAA National League games
    • Championship highlights and analysis each week on RTÉ Television's The Sunday Game
    • Weekly National League highlights programme on RTÉ Television
    • Weekly GAA Championship TV magazine programme
    • Weekly GAA Championship radio magazine programme

    The Viewing Figures:
    RTÉ's live GAA Championship coverage received increased audiences on both television and radio this year.
    The Sunday Game Live saw a series average increase of over 43,000 viewers year-on-year*, while RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport saw listenership increases of 13,000 and 5,000 respectively.

    This year's All Ireland Senior Championship Hurling Final on RTÉ Television also attracted the highest ever viewership for an All Ireland Hurling Final, peaking at 1.236 million** viewers in the final minutes of the match when Tipperary won out against Kilkenny in a dramatic battle.


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    RTÉ Television awarded Barclays Premier League Highlights until 2013

    RTÉ Television has announced that it has been awarded the rights to broadcast Barclays Premier League soccer highlights for three seasons up to and including the 2012/2013 season.
    RTÉ Television's unrivalled team of analysts and commentators will deliver in excess of 40 programmes per season covering the widest possible range of Barclays Premier League matches throughout the next three years.


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    RTÉ secures UEFA EURO 2012 broadcast rights

    RTÉ has successfully secured broadcast rights for the 2012 European Championships, across television, radio and online, through an European Broadcasting Union (EBU) agreement which involves 36 countries broadcasting this event extensively on free-to-air television in addition to radio and internet platforms.

    Exclusive Irish broadcast rights have been secured by RTÉ Television and RTÉ.ie while RTÉ Radio has been awarded national broadcast rights for the entire tournament. Coverage will include the live broadcast of all 31 matches from Poland and Ukraine in summer 2012.

    RTÉ's unrivalled team of soccer presenters, analysts and commentators will be on hand throughout the tournament providing their expert analysis and opinion free-to-air.


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    RTÉ wins UEFA Champions League rights

    RTÉ Sport has announced that it has won the most Champions League rights of any Irish terrestrial television channel from September 2009 until 2012. RTÉ have secured the premium package of exclusive Irish terrestrial rights to Wednesday night matches with exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Super Cup, which amounts to eighteen live matches on RTÉ Two.

    Wednesday night highlights and a weekly magazine programme are also part of the package. Coverage on RTÉ.ie will include live simulcasts plus clip rights of Wednesday night matches with rights secured for coverage on RTÉ.ie mobile also.

    RTÉ will continue to broadcast live UEFA Champions League first-pick matches on both Tuesday and Wednesday night in the 2008-2009 season.


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    RTÉ Sport wins FAI contract extension until 2014

    RTÉ has won a four-year contract extension, 2010-2014, for television, radio and online broadcasting rights with the Football Association of Ireland. This contract extension guarantees RTÉ Television and Radio live coverage of all of the Republic of Ireland home internationals in the European and World Cup qualification rounds, up to and including World Cup 2014 in Brazil; and RTÉ.ie live simultaneous webcasting of these games. In addition, RTÉ Television will have deferred access to all of the Republic of Ireland's home friendly internationals within the contract period.

    RTÉ Sport Soccer Coverage includes:

    • UEFA European Championship 2008 live and exclusive
    • UEFA Champions League, 1st pick, Season 2008/'09
    • FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa
    • FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil
    • Premier League Highlights up to and including 2009/'10 season

    RTÉ Sport's commitment to the Eircom League of Ireland will dramatically increase. In addition to broadcasting 13 of the biggest games of the season, RTÉ Television will also introduce a brand new hour-long dedicated Irish soccer programme; Monday Night Soccer (MNS). MNS will feature highlights of every top-flight FAI eircom League of Ireland match throughout the season so fans will get the opportunity to watch every crucial goal, tackle, shot and save. The programme will be broadcast each week on RTÉ Two at 8.00pm beginning Monday 10th March.

    Presenter Con Murphy will be joined by some of the biggest names in Irish soccer including former Cork City manager Damien Richardson, newly retired St Patrick's Athletic defender Colm Foley, former Bohemians manager Sean Connor, former Irish International and Millwall striker Richard Sadlier, former UCD midfielder Tony McDonnell, renowned former Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians manager Roddy Collins, Cork City legend Dave Barry and former Cork City striker Pat Morley. In a further commitment to Irish soccer, RTÉ Television are set to increase the coverage of live eircom League of Ireland matches as agreed in the new contract extension. Beginning in 2010, the number of live matches shown by RTÉ will grow each season culminating with 33 live matches (one-per-week) in the final year of the term - the 2013 season


    GAA, Soccer and Rugby All in HD on RTÉ this September

    RTÉ Sport is set to broadcast a host of major sporting events in HD this September. There will be live coverage of GAA, soccer and rugby fixtures.

    RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW, Ireland's free digital television service, will show 10 Irish and International sports broadcasts in High Definition including the All Ireland Championship Finals, UEFA Champions League, Euro 2012 Qualifiers and 3 Rugby World Cup group games, including the opening ceremony & the first 3 of Ireland's group games.

    Matches being Broadcast this September on RTÉ Two HD
    Date Sport Fixture
    Friday 2nd Sept Soccer 2012 Euro Qualifiers : Ireland v Slovakia
    Monday 5th Sept GAA All-Ireland SFC Final
    Tuesday 6th Sept Soccer 2012 Euro Qualifier - Russia v Ireland
    Friday 9th Sept Rugby RWC Opening Ceremony New Zealandl v Tonga Live
    Sunday 11th Sept Rugby RWC Live – Ireland v USA
    Wednesday 14th Sept Soccer Champions League Live: Group Stages
    Saturday 17th Sept Rugby RWC Live – Australia v Ireland
    Sunday 18th Sept GAA All-Ireland SHC Final
    Sunday 25th Sept Rugby RWC Live – Ireland v Russia
    Wednesday 28th Sept Soccer Champions League Live – Group Stages

    All programming and HD subject to change

    For more information on how to sponsor any of these great upcoming sporting opportunities, please contact:

    Dermot Rigley, Cross Media Manager, RTÉ Sport, Ph: 208 2652 / 086 8193739, Email:

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    GAA, Soccer and Rugby All in HD on RTÉ this August

    RTÉ Sport is set to broadcast a host of major sporting events in HD this month with live coverage of GAA, soccer and rugby fixtures. RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW, Ireland’s free digital television service, will show 14 Irish and International sports broadcasts in High Definition including the All Ireland Championship semi-finals, UEFA Champions League Play-Offs and Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm up games against France.

    As the GAA Championships culminate, RTÉ Sport will broadcast nine individual matches in HD this month featuring teams from 11 different counties all available on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW. The HD broadcasts will begin with the hugely anticipated All Ireland Senior Football quarter final between Dublin and Tyrone this Saturday 6th August. Fans will also be able to enjoy all the action in HD every Sunday in August from Croke Park with each of the minor and senior All Ireland Football and Hurling semi finals live on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW. 

    The new soccer season kicks off this August and RTÉ Sport will bring some of the best European action to fans in HD. There will be live HD coverage of the UEFA Champions League Play-Offs on the 17th and 24th August on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW, as some of the best teams in Europe look to earn their place in the elite stage of greatest club competition in the world. In addition the UEFA Super Cup will see Champions League winners Barcelona take on Europa Cup holders Porto on 26th August live on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW.

    With the 2011 Rugby World Cup only weeks away Ireland will play a series of warm up games this August. RTÉ Sport will broadcast Ireland’s tests with France in both Bordeaux and the Aviva Stadium live in HD on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW on the 13th and 20th August. 

    Clíona O’Leary, Deputy Head of TV Sport, RTÉ said: “This month sees a packed calendar of sporting fixtures for RTÉ and we are very excited to be able to bring a growing number of fixtures to fans in HD on Saorview. The picture and sound quality offered by HD is superb and our coverage will put sports fans right at the heart of the action.”
    All HD broadcasts will be available on RTÉ Two HD, the first Irish free-to-air HD service now available on SAORVIEW.

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    RTÉ Creating HD History

    RTÉ Television will broadcast the first free-to-air HD broadcast on Irish Television this weekend. RTÉ Two HD is the first Irish free-to-air HD service.

    We are going to broadcast the Magners League Final (Munster v Leinster) on Saturday 28th May and the Munster Hurling QF (Cork V Tipp) on Sunday 29th May in HD on SAORVIEW. The HD pictures will be available on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW. This is a first for RTÉ & for SAORVIEW.

    Heineken Cup winners, Leinster attempt to do the double at Thomond Park against Munster with this thrilling finale to the season kicking off at 4.30pm on Saturday.

    RTÉ is proud to announce as part of the new free-to-air television service Saorview, this match will be available for the first time ever on RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW.

    Keeping with the weekend of sport, on Sunday May 29th, RTÉ Two HD on SAORVIEW, will broadcast live in HD the Munster Hurling QuaRTÉr Final between Cork and Tipperary in Semple Stadium Thurles, (match throws in at 4pm).

    To find out more about SAORVIEW Click Here

    Or go to Aertel 650, or Lo Call 1890 222 012.

    See the Saturday Sport trailer here

    See the Sunday Sport trailer here

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    Jedward fever…
    Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest achieves its highest audience figure for 15 years!

    Saturdays Eurovision Song Contest, which ran on RTÉ One from 8:00 – 11:27pm was watched by an average of 1,174,300 viewers1, which was higher than all the previous contests since 19972. The audience peaked from 10.30-10.45pm when an average of 1,456,360 people watched to see how popular Jedward proved to be around Europe as the voting neared its end. Overall, the programme reached a total of 2,244,600 viewers3 .

    The programme, which lasted almost 3 ˝ hours achieved an average Adult rating of 29.78 and an average share of 63.89%. None of the Eurovision Song Contests during the 'Noughties' achieved an Adult rating this high.

    Saturday's programme clearly held a particularly high appeal for younger viewers who got behind Jedward in huge numbers. The average rating for Adults aged 15-24 for the entire programme was 26.75 and it held an average share of 71% across the duration of the coverage. The average TVR for this particular demographic for the 15 minutes from 11:00-11:15pm was 32.91 with the quaRTÉr-hour share climbing to an average of 83%.

    The average TVR of 26.75 for Adults 15-24 was the highest rating for any programme on any channel since Eastenders on RTÉ One on Christmas Day 2002 when Jamie Mitchell died

    *Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM / All figures are based on Live + VOSDAL
  • 1 Based on Individuals 4+, Average 000's
  • 2 Nielsen records in Arianna date from September 1996 & covers Eurovision Song Contests from 1997 to-date
  • 3 Based on Individuals 4+, 1+ Cons Reach.
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    Mrs Brown's Boys Gets Nominated for BAFTA
    Second International Award Nomination for Smash Hit Comedy

    Champagne corks are popping today with the news that the hugely popular Mrs Brown's Boys has been nominated for a BAFTA in the Situation Comedy category at this year's awards.

    The comedy, which was a co-produced by RTÉ with the BBC, has proven to be a huge hit with audiences both here and in the UK. Starring Brendan O'Carroll as Agnes Brown, Dublin's favourite matriarch, it was first broadcast on RTÉ One at the beginning of the year, attracting an average audience of over 800,000 viewers and making it one of RTÉ Entertainment's biggest successes of the year so far.

    The show has also gone on to attract huge audiences on BBC One with the last episode attracting 4.1 million viewers.
    RTÉ's Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, Eddie Doyle said:

    "We are delighted with the news of the BAFTA nomination for Mrs Brown's Boys. We knew we had a huge hit on our hands with the audience response the show received - and the fantastic viewing figures bore that out. The audience loves it! It's wonderful that the huge ratings success for the show has now been matched with yet another award nomination. The talent and teams behind the show truly deserve this recognition. We wish Brendan and the whole team every success on the night!"

    RTÉ Television announced in March that the hugely popular sitcom would be re-commissioned for a second series.

    Other nominees in the Situation Comedy category for the BAFTAs include Peep Show, Rev and The Trip.

    The BAFTAs ceremony will take place in London on May 22nd 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

    Mrs Brown's Boys has also been nominated for the Best TV Comedy category in this year's prestigious Monte Carlo Television Festival Awards. Along with RTÉ's comedy/drama Trivia, Mrs Brown's Boys will be competing in the comedy category against huge US brands like 30 Rock, Glee and Modern Family. The winner will be announced in early June.

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    RTÉ Launches SAORVIEW Public Information Campaign

    16th March 2011. SAORVIEW is this week launching a public information campaign to introduce Irish consumers to its new free-to-air digital television service. The new digital service, which will provide consumers with more choice and better quality pictures and sound, will be officially launched to the market in the summer and will be available to homes across the country.

    From this week the public will be able to access information on the new service from a Lo Call number 1890 222 012 and from the website An advertising campaign introducing the new service is also beginning on television, radio and online on St Patrick's Day.

    All viewers who currently receive their television signal through an aerial will need to switch to SAORVIEW by the end of 2012, as this older form of television transmission (known as analogue) will be switched off throughout the EU at that time. Other television viewers are also expected to take up the service which involves the once-off purchase of a set-top box which allows viewers receive the digital SAORVIEW service free into the future.

    Mary Curtis, Director of Digital Switch Over, RTÉ said:

    "This is an exciting time for TV viewers. The new digital service offers more choice when it comes to TV channels and radio channels and it also offers higher quality pictures and sounds. Most importantly SAORVIEW offers this new service on a free-to-air basis, which means that there is no monthly cost to consumers. To receive SAORVIEW viewers will need to purchase a set-top box, but after that there is no charge."

    The planned channel line up for the new SAORVIEW digital television platform, which was announced last month, is as follows: RTÉ One, RTÉ Two HD, TV3, TG4, RTÉ News Now, 3e, RTÉjr, RTÉ One + 1 and RTÉ Digital AeRTÉl. The following radio services will also be available on SAORVIEW: RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Choice, RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Gold, RTÉ Chill, RTÉJnr, and Radio 1 Extra.

    "This public information campaign will explain how people can easily make the switch to the new SAORVIEW service and enjoy the benefits of free digital television. The SAORVIEW service will be launched at the end of May this year," she concluded.

    Click Here to learn more about Saorview

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    RTÉ secures comprehensive coverage of RBS 6 Nations

    RTÉ has confirmed that it has won the right to broadcast exclusive live coverage of all games in the RBS 6 Nations Championships on television, radio and online from 2010 until 2013 inclusive. This ensures that the next six years of 6 Nations rugby will be broadcast live exclusively on RTÉ media outlets.


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