New RTÉ service reaches out to the Irish living overseas.
A new RTÉ service allows people in Brussels to listen to RTÉ Radio for the price of a local phone call.
The service was officially launched by EC Commissioner Ray McSharry in 1990. By dialling 509 50 50, people can now tune in to live RTÉ Radio 24 hours a day. RTÉ has introduced this new service to coincide with Ireland's presidency of the EC. Special lines have been rented from the Irish and Belgian telecoms services to carry the signal from Donnybrook to Belgium.
With over 3,000 Irish people working and living in Belgium, they can now keep in touch with what is going on back home by the touch of a button. The pilot scheme is costing RTÉ £20,000 and if successful the service will be offered to other Irish communities abroad. Director of Broadcasting Development at RTÉ, Wesley Boyd, talks about his hopes to extended the service to the Irish diaspora living in England.
An RTÉ News report by Tommie Gorman broadcast on 22 March 1990.