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Good Morning Britain ... and Ireland, as UTV takes ITV Breakfast show

Good Morning Britain ... and Ireland from Monday 2nd.
UTV Ireland has announced that it will begin simulcasting ITV breakfast TV from Monday, restoring access to Good Morning Britain for Irish cable viewers who lost the service when UTV Ireland launched on 1st January.

"GMB with Ireland Live Updates" will feature the latest news developments from across the country, produced and presented by the Ireland Live news team – broadcasting just after 6am, 7am and 8am, every weekday morning. The programme, an ITV Studios production, will also include Irish weather updates plus relevant celebrity news and interviews from Ireland, the UK and around the world.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director of UTV Ireland, indicated that the move was prompted by comments from viewers:

"Following the launch of UTV Ireland, we received a large amount of feedback from viewers – via social media and direct contact – who were keen to see the introduction of Good Morning Britain on the channel.

"We wanted to ensure that the offering would be relevant to our audiences and, following discussions with ITV, we secured the exclusive rights to broadcast GMB with the inclusion of news from the UTV Ireland team and Ireland weather updates."

UTV Ireland has a long running broadcast rights deal with ITV Studios for the Republic of Ireland. It already carries Lorraine, which forms part of the last hour of the ITV breakfast time service. UTV Ireland is available in the Republic of Ireland on Saorview (Irish terrestrial TV), Sky Ireland, cable provider UPC and via eVision.


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