TV Announcers Meet Viewers


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The first three television continuity announcers tour Ireland before the opening night of Irish television.

  • Title
    Meet the People
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Ciarán Mac Mathúna (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
  • Material Type
  • Clip title
    TV Announcers Meet Viewers
  • Extended description

    'Meet the People' is a filmed report of a tour of Ireland by television's first three presentation announcers. In the extract shown here Kathleen Watkins, Marie O'Sullivan and Nuala Donnelly visit Wexford town.

    The television crew are greeted by a large crowd. Ciarán Mac Mathúna introduces the ladies to the Lord Mayor of Wexford Edward Hall. The mayor introduces the ladies to two people from the Wexford Festival Council.

    Marie O'Sullivan conducts a brief interview with Dr George Hadden of the Wexford Historical Society. Nuala Donnelly invites the Lord Mayor to say a few words to end the visit. The Mayor thanks them for coming and wishes the new television station well.

    As the crowd disperse young boys wave and make faces at the camera. The crew cars and a camera car travel along a country road.

  • Information

    'Meet the People' formed part of the schedule for the opening night of Telefís Éireann (later RTÉ). The programme shows the first three female continuity annnoucers, Kathleen Watkins, Marie O'Sullivan and Nuala Donnellly who spent 5 days touring the country and meeting the people who will form the new television audience. The programme visited, Tuam, Shannon, Waterford, Wexford and Verolme. The three women interviewed people in each location when the programme was broadcast these towns and their inhabitants were among the first on Irish television. Forty years later RTÉ made a programme 'Meet the People Reunion' where the three women recall their memories of the early days of Ireland's television service. 'Meet the People' was broadcast 31 Decemeber 1961.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Announcers, Broadcasting, Wexford, Edward Hall, George Hadden, Kathleen Watkins, Marie O'Sullivan, Nuala Donnelly, RTÉ, 1960s
  • Geographical coverage
    Wexford, Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
  • Country of production
  • Original identifier
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
  • Item colour
    Black and White
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)