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UTV Ireland 'for the Republic', and won't be available up North

However, some might be able to access it through Saorview.

UTV IRELAND WILL be appearing on television screens in the Republic in a matter of weeks, but views in the North might be left disappointed.

The station has confirmed that it will not be available in Northern Ireland.

However, some programmes may be broadcast on both channels.

There is also a significant part of the North, potentially as much as 65% of the population, who have access to Saorview through over-spill and so will be able to view the channel.

UTV currently has a roughly 13% share of the audience in Northern Ireland.

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After its launch on January 1, UTV Ireland will be broadcast on Saorview Channel 6, Sky channel 116, UPC channel 110 and Eircom’s eVision channel 108.

The Irish Times previously reported that the station’s main rival, TV3, tried to block the new station being available on Saorview.

The station has already nabbed several journalists, including RTÉ’s Paul Colgan and the Irish Examiner’s Mary Regan.

Read:Soon you can watch Ireland’s newest TV station anywhere, despite its rival’s best efforts >

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