Minister Ryan asks public for their views on new RTÉ channels

Communications Minister Eamon Ryan today announced that he is seeking the views of the public on a range of new channels proposed by RTÉ for transmission on digital television (called Saorview). Members of the public will have until the 10th of December 2010 to submit their views.
The switch-on of digital television was announced by the Minister on the 29th of October and will include RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3, and TG4. RTÉ has submitted a proposal for additional channels on this free-to-air service. They are, RTÉ Two HD Select, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr (channel aimed at preschool children), RTÉ Plus (repeat of peaktime RTÉ One content) and RTÉ Aertel Digital (enhanced digital teletext service)
Announcing the consultation the Minister said, “The analogue signal will be switched off by the end of 2012. Going digital has created the opportunity for RTÉ to expand its public service offering by introducing new television channels to the digital service in 2011. Today (15th November) we offer the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed new channels. We welcome all views.”
This process runs from the 15th November 2010 and closes on 10th December 2010.
The consultation document is available from the website,
For more information on SAORVIEW, see
Item added: 22nd November 2010