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Three more Freeview channels for Northern Ireland viewers

90% of viewers able to receive TG4 and RTE One and Two following switchover

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RTÉ, the Republic of Ireland’s national broadcaster, and Irish language broadcaster TG4 have joined forces to deliver the a new infrastructure enabling viewers to enjoy more channels.

“I’m delighted that the digital future for TG4, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two in Northern Ireland is now strengthened and secure,”  said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. “Today’s announcement is good news for viewers and continues our delivery on commitments set out in the Good Friday Agreement.”

Analogue switch-off

Speaking in Dublin, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, said: “This announcement means that from analogue switch-off on 24 October, over 90% of viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to receive TG4 and the two primary RTÉ channels in digital on the Freeview service or by way of the overspill from the Saorview service. It is a hugely positive result in terms of practical cooperation resulting from the Good Friday Agreement.”

The new service uses technology which most TV sets, set tops boxes and digital recorders are already equipped with. More information will be made available to the public by Digital UK, Digital Switchover Help Scheme and broadcasters in advance of the launch.

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Published 29 May 2012