Irish TV to be liquidated



An ambitious project to bring a taste of Ireland to viewers around the world appears to have failed completely, with commercial broadcaster Irish TV being wound up in the Irish courts.

The channel originated in the west of Ireland and broadcast strands of magazine programming featuring different parts of the island, alongside Irish music programmes.

Financial difficulties for the channel's operators became public in October 2016, with Irish media outlets reporting resignations and attempts to attract new investment. A liquidator has now been appointed by the Irish High Court.

Irish TV transmitted its service via Sky and Freesat in the UK, and has in recent weeks been running a limited schedule. Its owners once boasted that the channel would be worth millions of Euros, and as recently as August were trumpeting an impending carriage deal that would have seen the channel added to Ireland's digital terrestrial TV service, Saorview, plus plans to make the channel available around the world on smart TVs.

Given the processes running in Ireland, it appears that it's only time until the channel is removed from UK satellite platforms, in a move that would clear out Freesat's lifestyle section - Irish TV is the last station in the 400 section of its EPG, after the second-to-last service, Fashion One, was removed in November.


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