AN INTERNATIONAL TV station aimed at the Irish diaspora will launch next month.
IrishTV will be broadcast across Ireland, the UK and Europe on Sky’s satellite network and Freesat, as well as on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the US.
The 24-hour station is a €15 million project that aims to create 150 jobs founded by two Mayo entrepreneurs Pierce O’Reilly and Mairead Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, who say their focus is “bringing rural Ireland to a global audience”.
IrishTV is an all-Ireland channel and each of the 32 counties will have their own half-hour County Matters show once a week, produced by IrishTV’s own nationwide production network.
“The theme of the County Matters shows is simple – Irish rural life is unique, with its own cultures, traditions and events. At the heart of these events are people, and wherever people gather, we’ll be there,” said CEO Pierce O’Reilly.
“Three people will be employed in each county in production, presentation and commercial positions on the County Matters shows, while an initial 34 staff will be based at IrishTV headquarters in Westport, with a further five in our northern office in Donaghmore, Tyrone.
“Internationally, ten people will be employed across three UK offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London and an initial five in Irish TV’s US base in Cleveland Ohio.
“So whether you’re from Cavan, Carlow, Cork or Clare, there is at least half an hour’s worth of programming a week bringing your local area to you, wherever you are in the world.”