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Culture Wars In Ireland And Britain

Hot on the heels of my post discussing the urgent need for the reform of public service broadcasting in Ireland comes news of a veritable revolt by journalists within RTÉ’s normally … Continue reading

March 20, 2014

Irish TV And Cinema? Some Hope

I was going through my collection of Blu-ray and DVD movies and box-sets over the weekend, not to mention several hundred hours of digital content on my main HTPC, and … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Irish TV? We Should Be So Lucky!

So, essentially a big fuck you to the Irish-speaking citizens and communities of Ireland from former Trotskyite rebel-without-a-cause Pat Rabbitte, the minister of communications, as he dismiss out of hand … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 7 Comments

RTÉ – Reform Or Die

Here’s an interesting snippet from the ever-vigilant NAMA Wine Lake. Guess which TV station was the only television broadcaster in Ireland to make a profit in 2011? Not the country’s official “national” broadcaster … Continue reading

April 15, 2013

Some Quick Posts

First up a review in the Irish Times of the new TG4/BBC co-production, the comedy-drama “Scúp”, penned by Irish author and screenwriter Colin Bateman (the man behind the mid-2000s BBC … Continue reading

March 7, 2013

TG4 Scoops It Rivals

Three quick posts on TG4, the real public service broadcaster in Ireland, all from IFTN (the Irish Film & Television Network). Colin Bateman is a well-known Irish novelist and dramatist behind such media hits … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Ceol Ar An Imeall

Ceol ar an Imeall, TG4’s indie music show, is back tonight at 23.00 on TG4. Lots of Irish bands performing live in studio plus interviews with a host of international … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Angloban Ignorance Posing As Informed Commentary

Oh please, someone save me from the half-arsed opinions of right-wing Anglophone buffoons. From Niall O’Dowd’s US-based website Irish Central resident “Irish” correspondent John Spain offers this view on today’s … Continue reading

December 5, 2012

Two Tech Stories For Gaeilgeoirí

Two tech stories for the Irish-speaking community via the Silicon Republic. The first highlights the addition of the TG4 player to the line-up of on-demand television services provided by the … Continue reading

December 3, 2012

Who Dares To Speak? Morality Versus Venality In Modern Ireland

What other nation in Europe would have such little regard for its history? What other nation in Europe would be so willing, so eager, to destroy the physical embodiments of … Continue reading

October 19, 2012

BBC Alba And The Success Of Scottish Language Broadcasting

The Scotsman newspaper has an in-depth profile of Maggie Cunningham, the new head of BBC Alba, the Scottish language television service. Like Ireland’s TG4, Scotland’s BBC Alba has experienced a marked increase in audience figures … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

Big Boost For TG4 Audience Figures

The growing popularity of TG4, the Irish language television station, was underlined by last weekend’s audience figures for the channel. From a report by Hogan’s Stand: “Saturday’s live coverage of … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trash TV Versus Irish TV

Last week I reported on the risible claim by some journo over at the Oirish Independent newspaper that staff with the Irish language radio station Raidió na Gaeltachta were on the same exorbitant salaries as the rest of RTÉ’s employees (RnaG is part of the RTÉ … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

TG4 And RnaG – Time For A Single Irish Public Broadcasting Service

The Oirish Independent newspaper carries a report announcing “major reforms at RTÉ”, especially in relation to its, er, Irish language output (no sniggering!): “A consolidation of the Irish language assets … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

A United Ireland – Digitally At Least

Well, better late than never I suppose. From the Hollywood Reporter (ooh-la-la!): “TV viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to watch digital channels TG4 and RTÉ One and Two … Continue reading

May 30, 2012

The Sunday Independent Has An Article On Irish History – Which Favours The Irish!

Something truly strange must have happened in the offices of the Sunday Anglo Independent over the last few days. Why? Because someone has managed to smuggle an article into the newspaper examining a … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Concubhar Ó Liatháin Deals With His Critics

Following on from my piece examining the criticism of TG4 by Concubhar Ó Liatháin over the airing of a new documentary series, Mná an IRA, by the channel Ó Liatháin makes a spirited defence of … Continue reading

January 11, 2012

Silent Voices

Concubhar Ó Liatháin, an Irish journalist and blogger, editor of the now closed Lá Nua newspaper, and presently a member of the board of management of TG4, has written an article for the … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

An Irish-American Story

From the Irish Independent a story on Séamus Ó Fianghusa, an Irish-American soldier who is now the subject of a new documentary on TG4: “A SERVING US soldier who learned Irish from the … Continue reading

January 5, 2012

RTÉ Should Be TG4 – And Here’s Why

Lecturer and author Niamh Hourigan discusses TG4, the Irish language television channel, in the Irish Times with some interesting, if debatable, points: “Although fully independent of RTÉ since 2007, the national broadcaster … Continue reading

January 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

The Book Smugglers. Ireland, Lithuania, And The Freedom Of Language

One of the most interesting, and thought-provoking, Irish language documentaries of recent years will be screened at a film festival in Estonia, reports IFTN: “Irish production companies Planet Korda Pictures and Vinegar … Continue reading

November 16, 2011

Cúla Caint – The New TG4 App For Kids

In some related Irish language news The Journal carries a report on a new children’s application, Cúla Caint, from TG4: “… TG4 has launched its first Irish language app. Designed with … Continue reading

November 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

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