RnaG @ 40
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, which is celebrating 40 years on air, was set up as a result of pressure by the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement. When Raidió na Gaeltachta started broadcasting in 1972 it was limited to two hours per day produced by a tiny staff of seven broadcasters.
Now, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcasts 24/7, nationally and internationally on satellite and the web. Today it faces more competition than ever before from local radio and the proliferation of other media sources. The number of Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht has declined and most daily speakers of the language now live outside the Gaeltacht areas.
Can RnaG provide a comprehensive service to both the local Gaeltacht communities and to a national audience? RnaG@40 examines these issues and looks back at the history of the station with the help of two of its presenters -Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí agus Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile.