Ireland

Ryan signs TG4 agreement with Britsh govt

watch

Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan has signed an agreement with the British government to ensure the continuing widespread availability of TG4 in Northern Ireland following the switchover from analogue to digital TV services, which is planned there for 2012.

The agreement commits the two governments to facilitating RTÉ services in Northern Ireland and BBC services in the Republic of Ireland on a free-to-air basis.

The minister said the agreement provided for an all-island approach to the development of digital television services in Ireland.

Advertisement

He said: 'At a time when there's a lot of attention on North-South negotiations, it's important for people to be able to access culture, sports, news and know what's happening North and South.'

'Having the BBC available in the South gives us a clear link with what politicians in the North are doing.

'Having TG4 and RTÉ available in the North is equally important so we have a common understanding on the island of what we have as a common culture.'

Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward said it underlined the British government's commitment to the development of the Irish language in Northern Ireland.

Audio & Video
RTÉ.ie News: Eamon Ryan All-island approach to digital television
Eamon Ryan
All-island approach to digital television
RTÉ News 24 hours a day RTÉ News Special: The Humble Bee

LIVE TV

Now:
Prime Time
21:35 Thursday 11 February
Next:
That's All We've Got Time For
22:15 Thursday 11 February

Television Programmes

Radio Programmes

RTÉ.ie News Highlights

Love Lab

Scientists in Dublin are exploring the chemistry of attraction, desire, love and rejection

Play

Cartoon College

Many of the Irish cartoonists behind recently internationally acclaimed film animations got their start in one Dublin college

Play

Rangers Required

Rangers are being recruited to help lost walkers in the Dublin Mountains and to be on the lookout for anti-social behaviour

Play

RTÉ News iPhone App

Read and watch all the latest stories from RTÉ News with the new App for iPhones

Read