Pat Kenny to host the Late Late Show, new drama and documentaries announced for the Autumn RTÉ Television schedule.

RTÉ television launches its autumn schedule with programmes ranging from homemade drama to documentaries and special shows to mark the millennium.

Thirty seven years ago at the launch of RTÉ, it was all so different.

In the face of commercial competition, the launch is seen as vitally important for the station. 

Managing Director of RTÉ Television Joe Mulholland is confident that the new schedule will be a success offering something for everyone across RTÉ One and Network 2. 

You only have to look at the range of programming, Irish made programming that we are offering to the viewers this autumn on both channels.

New programmes include 'The Irish Empire' which tells the story of how Irish emigrants established themselves overseas. A ten part series will profile the characters that defined Ireland in the 1980s. In drama, 'Fair City' will now have three episodes every week and a new detective show the 'District Detective' Unit', a spin off from last year's drama 'Making the Cut'. 

Pat Kenny will be the new host of The Late Late Show. There are also plans to launch a breakfast news and sports show on  RTÉ One. Network 2 will continue to have the first Irish screenings of shows like Ally McBeal, Friends and Dawson's Creek. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 July 1999. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.