The future of Irish television and its effect on society over the past fifty years will be debated at a conference in UCC. Hosted by UCC School of History in partnership with RTÉ TV50, the conference will be opened by Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the keynote speaker will be Noel Curran, RTÉ Director General. Broadcaster and author of 'Window and Mirror: RTÉ Television 1961-2011', John Bowman will set Ireland’s history of television in a global context. Panels chaired by broadcasters Áine Lawlor, Doireann Ní Briain and Brenda Power will feature senior executives and journalists from RTÉ, TV3, TG4, The Irish Times and TechCentral.ie, as well as academics and members of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the RTÉ Audience Council. Although all tickets have been allocated for the conference, which is open to the public, the discussions and presentations will be streamed live on RTÉ.ie. Watch speeches and panel discussions from the conference here
RTÉ and Filmbase are delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 'TV50 Doc on the Box' initiative to find and nurture a new talent in documentary direction. Glenn Gannon, from Rosses Point in Sligo, is the winner of a contract to produce and direct a 25-minute, original video documentary story aimed at a twenty-something audience for broadcast on RTÉ Television. The competition, which was launched to mark fifty years of television in Ireland, was designed to encourage a fresh, emerging voice in video documentary direction and production. Glenn Gannon impressed the judges with his idea that focuses on dilemmas many young Irish people face today. ‘Stripped’ is the story of a twenty-something Sligo lad who is dealing with the effects of living in recessionary Ireland. He has lost his job, lost his house and lost in love but will not let the odds get him down. For more information click here
The RTÉ TV50 Award at the 2012 BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition was awarded to the project that best demonstrated effective communication of complex scientific information to wider society. Gráinne O'Dwyer of Presentation Secondary School Thurles received her award from RTÉ weather presenter Karina Buckley for her project "Farm safety, a cheap and effective method of reducing PTO injuries". She won a Saorview-approved television for her school and a second Saorview television for a nominated local community group of her choice. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Window and Mirror, written by broadcaster and historian John Bowman, chronicles and captures the history of RTÉ itself in its fifty years of existence. Published by Collins Publishing and launched in November 2011, the book is available online from the RTÉ Shop and in book shops nationwide. Shop here
On November 24 2011, An Post issued three stamps commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first RTÉ Television broadcast. The 55c stamps, designed by Ger Garland, feature an iconic image of RTÉ: Gay Byrne on an early Late Late Show set; Anne Doyle in studio; and Emma O’Driscoll and Ógie from RTÉjr.