RTÉ2 is a free-to-air general entertainment channel operated by Irish
national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. It is available to
98% of viewers across the
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland through
Northern Ireland through Freeview. However it is
generally blocked by RTE. As is RTE 1. It is also available through
digital television services
Virgin Media Ireland, Sky Ireland, Eir TV
Northern Ireland on
Virgin Media and Sky. Content from
available on the
RTÉ Player both nationally and internationally.
RTÉ2 broadcasts in both standard definition and high-definition.
1.1 RTÉ 2 (1978–1988)
1.2 Network 2 (1988–2004)
1.3 RTÉ Two (2004–2014)
RTÉjr on RTÉ2
5.1 RTÉ 2 Controller
5.2 Imported programming
6 Irish-produced programming
6.1 Reality TV
6.4 RTÉ Young Peoples
6.4.1 Children's television
6.4.2 Teenage television
News and current affairs
184.108.40.206 World Cup coverage
6.8 Cláracha Gaelige
7 References in media
8 See also
10 External links
In the 1970s the Irish government considered three options for the
introduction of a second television service: the re-transmission of
BBC1 Northern Ireland; authorisation of an independent commercial
service; or charging RTÉ with the establishment of a second national
channel. It was the last of these that was finally chosen.
The channel, the Republic's second, began transmissions at 8 pm on 2
November 1978 with an opening broadcast of a gala ceremony from Cork
Opera House. Owing to a technical fault, audio from BBC2 was played
during the countdown instead of the proper soundtrack, and when the
channel commenced programmes, there was no audio for the initial 15
seconds or so. At first the new channel broadcast in the evenings
only. The first broadcast on RTÉ 2 was on 6 June 1978, it was largely
aimed at those in "single channel land". Programmes included The
Streets of San Francisco and Duchess of Duke Street.
RTÉ 2 (1978–1988)
The first logo for RTÉ 2
Up to 60% of the
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland could receive UK channels via
spillover or via cable. Cable in the republic was only permitted in
areas of spillover up to the mid-1980s, to provide viewers with better
reception of channels they could already receive over the air. Hence
RTÉ 2 was aimed at those that did not have the UK channels. To this
end one of their main remits was the re-broadcasting of UK programming
to Irish audiences, that would not otherwise be seen on RTÉ 1.
Coronation Street aired on the channel simultaneously with ITV's
broadcasts of the programme (this continued until 1992 when it was put
on RTÉ 1 due to the
Olympic Games coverage). It broadcast much live
programming from the
BBC and ITV including Top of the Pops. However
the channel in its initial format was not considered a success. It was
on air from 18:00 until 23:30 during the week, with an earlier start
around 15:30 at weekends.
However, by 1987, RTÉ 2 was beginning to rebrand, RTÉ had relaunch
with a new logo and both RTÉ 1 and 2 this year had similar idents.
While the rebrand was a small success for both channels it was felt
that RTÉ 2 and RTÉ 1 needed more specific audiences, RTÉ 2 at this
stage was becoming more and more associated with youth orientated
programming and sports programming (especially as UK channels were
becoming more and more available across the country). In 1988 the
majority of sporting and children's programming was moved to Network
2, the new name for RTÉ 2.
Network 2 (1988–2004)
In September 1988, RTÉ 2 was given a major revamp and became Network
Two. In addition to the launch of a new vivid red, blue, and green
logo, the channel now came on air at 14:30. The Den was moved to the
channel, along with most youth and children's programming.
Jo Maxi was
launched as the youth strand.
Sports Stadium took up the entire
Saturday afternoon schedule, and all sports programming was aired on
the channel, along with
Irish language programming. A late night news
bulletin, Network News, was followed by the controversial but highly
successful chat show / soap opera
Nighthawks presented by Shay Healy,
and produced by David Blake-Knox.
This relaunch was a big success, and Network Two remained stable until
the mid-1990s. A new logo—referring to the channel as RTÉ Network 2
(though the "RTÉ" part was not referred to by announcers)—was
launched with the new RTÉ logo in 1995. By this time, RTÉ Network 2
broadcast from mid-morning onwards, with educational programmes during
the day. Also during this era, the channel experimented with late
night broadcasts at weekends, under The End brand, anchored by Barry
Murphy and Sean Moncrieff. Broadcast hours were extended to 03:00
every day with a new service called The Night Shift.
There was another major revamp in 1997, the channel was visually
rebranded as "N2", though announcers continued to refer to "Network
2". N2 brought about perhaps as big a change as the original relaunch,
RTÉ branding was dropped from the station almost completely, with
home produced programmes now being referred to as "N2 Productions"
(foreign imports were "N2 Presentations"). A futuristic logo along
with a series of unusual graphical idents were developed. In-vision
announcing returned. More importantly, the channel's line-up was
completely refreshed. The late night schedule was completely revamped,
with the launch of
News 2—a tailored bulletin for young
people—followed by a talk show, Later on 2. Monday nights became
comedy nights, with the launch of home-produced comedy such as Don't
Feed The Gondolas. Elsewhere theme nights became a regular fixture,
particularly on Fridays and Saturdays. The Den was now broadcast all
day until 18:00 and was renamed Den 2.
Not all the changes were universally welcomed, with the "N2" era, RTÉ
cancelled its long running Saturday sports programme, Sports Stadium
in 1997. Since then, RTÉ has not regularly aired live sports (or at
least, as part of a regular schedule) on Saturday afternoons, though
major events are still covered.
Many of the innovations of the N2 era had faded out by 2003. The
idents had been replaced by simpler creations, the in-vision
continuity had been scrapped again. Later on 2 had more-or-less ended
(one of the strands continues as The View on RTÉ One). In September
News 2 reverted to the regular RTÉ
News format (as RTÉ
From September 2003, continuity announcers and trailers began to refer
to the channel by the fuller title of "RTÉ Network Two", in line with
a new RTÉ initiative to promote the corporate branding. The main
channel idents never changed, and said merely "N2" (although a newly
introduced on-screen DOG said "RTÉ N2".). And finally in 2004 Network
2 was relaunched as RTÉ Two, in line with its sister channel RTÉ
RTÉ Two (2004–2014)
RTÉ decided that the channel needed another revamp to keep it fresh.
The channel's name reverted to RTÉ Two on the morning of 2 October
2004, with a themed evening of programmes called "Farewell Network 2"
beginning at 20:00, featuring Podge and Rodge. The new logo is similar
in style to the current
RTÉ One logo. The new branding is designed to
promote the Irishness of the station, green is the dominant colour.
New strands were developed. In particular, the number of Irish made
programmes has increased, though some of this is made up of a new
strand of early evening repeats. The idents from this time were based
on a Green Room theme.
Venus Flytrap logo from 2009–2014, RTÉ Two's green room look from
The latest change has been a complete rebrand and relaunch of The Den,
on Saturday 17 September 2005, with the id Two strand becoming TTV on
the following Monday. In September 2009, TTV relaunched as Two Tube.
RTÉ Two got a new look on 17 September 2009. The new idents were
created by RTÉ Graphic Design. Programme cutbacks saw the end of
24-hour broadcasting on the channel, with Euronews filling the
down-time. Teleshopping was also introduced for the first time.
Continuing with the corporate branding of RTÉ radio and Television
stations RTÉ Two's iconic children's brand The Den ended on 20
September 2010. The Den was replaced by TRTÉ, while Den Tots was
replaced by RTÉjr; this was due mainly to the onset of digital TV on
RTÉjr is available as a separate channel.
Two Tube remains as
the teenage block of programming.
From 22 September 2014 RTÉ Two became
RTÉ2 and presented a new
schedule of programming. The channel established itself as the
"voice for the under 35s" where the new schedule continued with new
seasons of New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, Grey's Anatomy, Brooklyn
Nine-Nine, Masters of Sex, Devious Maids, The Americans, Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D. and the final season run of Mad Men. Brand new
imported shows included Outlander, Gotham, Resurrection, iZombie and
CSI Cyber .
RTÉ2 confirmed it had secured broadcasting rights for two
Danish drama series 1864 and The Saboteurs: The Heavy Water War, both
broadcasting in 2015. In terms of home-produced Irish programming
RTÉ2 confirmed the return of Other Voices (Season 13), Maia Dunphy's
What Women Want (Season 2), Second Captains Live, Savage Eye (final
series), The Republic of Telly, Damo & Ivor, The Fear and the
newly created youth orientated news service
confirmed new Irish reality programmes including Holding Out for a
Hero, Connected, Full Frontal, Bressie's Teenage Kicks, and Drunk and
RTÉ 2 will also focus on major sporting events and the channel will
showcase the best and freshest Irish films in association with the
Irish Film Board.
TRTÉ will play a major role in the daytime
schedule on the channel.
Two Tube will continue to air from 17:30
until 19:00. It is proposed by RTÉ to launch RTÉ2+1 in efforts to
raise much needed revenue. In spring 2015 the broadcaster again plans
to put forward a policy removing
RTÉjr content from the channel and
replace it with other programming yet to be confirmed, the government
will have to give approval of such a move.
The HD channel launched on
Saorview on 27 May 2011. The service
broadcasts sporting programming from national to international events,
documentaries, movies and American, Canadian, and Australian
programming in high-definition 1080i. As RTÉ start to convert more of
their main studios to HD then the amount of Irish programming
available in high-definition will increase. The channel launched with
special HD sporting content between Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May
2011. On 15 March 2012,
RTÉ2 HD was added to UPC Ireland channel
RTÉ2 HD was scheduled to be added to Sky on 14 May 2012 but
was delayed due to technical problems. On 16 May 2012,
was added to the Sky EPG on channel 294 before moving to 227 in July
2012. As of late 2014,
RTÉ2 HD is located on channel 102 for ROI
customers, regardless of whether the viewer has an SD or HD set top
box. It is located on channel 162 for viewers in Northern Ireland.
RTÉ2 SD is located at 115 in ROI households and is found on 224 for
NI households. There is only one broadcast version of
Saorview as all STBs and iDTVs have access to
RTÉ2 HD regardless of
the TV's HD capacity, although during testing
Saorview also carried
RTÉ2 in SD on channel 7.
On 6 July 2017, RTE2 extended its on-air hours, the channel now
started at 6 am rather than 7 am and is on air until 2 a.m.
The channel simulcasts content from RTÉ 2 SD and upscales SD content
into HD. All other content on the channel will be made available
entirely in HD this includes Gaelic Athletic Association, Champions
League, World Cup, Olympic Games,
Pro14 sporting content, USA
television series and movies.
RTÉjr on RTÉ2
RTÉ 2 continues to air a block of programming from
known as Den Tots). RTÉ put forward a request to move the RTÉjr
strand from RTÉ 2 in April 2013, on RTÉjr's first official birthday.
The proposal was passed to the Department of Communications, Energy
and Natural Resources who took the decision to have the Broadcasting
Authority of Ireland carry out a Strategic Impact Assessment (SIA) on
the proposed move.
Pat Rabbitte TD then took the decision to consult various
organisations in relation to the move, however he decided against a
public consultation on the move. It was expected that he would refuse
permission to move the strand from RTÉ 2. Eventually after more than
a year, and no ministerial decision, RTÉ decided against the change
and now has plans to submit a new proposal. RTÉ 2 will at some stage
refocus its morning schedule from 9.00 with more mature themed
In January 2015 it was reported that RTÉ have resubmitted their
request to move the service off
RTÉ2 and will replace all children's
programmes with other content.
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In January 2014 it was reported[by whom?] that RTÉ had requested the
creation of a time shift service for RTÉ2. RTÉ2+1 is part over an
overhaul of RTÉ TV services.
The following figures were issued by RTÉ as part of their annual
reports in 2008 and 2012:
Network and other related costs
Profit and loss
Breakdown of Irish productions
The table below outlines RTÉ 2's total in-house and commissioned
programming by genre in 2008 and 2012:
News, current affairs and weather
Young people's programming
See also: List of programmes broadcast by RTÉ2
RTÉ2 provides a broad range of programming which is mainly targeted
towards young people up to 45-year-olds. Between 06:00 to 18:30 kids
and teens programming is served by
RTÉjr (separate to the channel)
and the teenage strands
TRTÉ and Two Tube. From 19:00 onwards, RTÉ2
provides a wide range of programming from Irish produced content,
sports, comedy, dramas, films and acquisitions from North America,
Australia, the UK and Central Europe.
RTÉ2 has a strong tradition of
broadcasting many US TV shows prior to other European broadcasters,
though this has slightly changed in recent years.
Films are also regularly aired on the channel especially
Irish-European cinema and International cinema. Until September 2014,
RTÉ2 had stands such asTwo Wild (nature documentaries), Two Extreme
(extreme sports/adventure documentaries), and RTÉ
Sport on Two, these
strands were axed in 2014 but the strands contents play an important
role in the current schedule.
RTÉ 2 Controller
Dick Hill was RTÉ 2's first controller until 1994.
During the time of the 1997 rebrand of the channel as N2 they had
placed the Head of Schedule as "controller" of the channel. Up until
then, the channel was run side by side
RTÉ One under RTÉ Television.
N2 was a successful relaunched of the channel in the late 1990s.
Andrew Fitzpatrick was poached to take control of RTÉ scheduling from
TV3; however, N2 basically reverted to being part of the overall RTÉ
With no dedicated channel controller until then, in May 2011 it was
announced by RTÉ that Eddie Doyle had been given the position of
commissioning editor at RTÉ Two. Eddie Doyle was RTÉ Commission
Editor of Entertainment.
In May 2013 RTÉ announced Bill Malone as RTÉ 2 controller. Eddie
Doyle became Head of Comedy, Talent Development and
Music at RTÉ.
RTÉ 2 was original set up to provide Irish viewers with
BBC and ITV programming. In 1978 it introduced a
simulcast of many British programmes including Top of the Pops. Other
UK shows included
Coronation Street (which began simulcasting from
1983), Porridge, Mastermind, Never the Twain, Treasure Hunt and Wogan
and American shows such as The Dick Cavett Show, Tales of the
Unexpected, My Friend Rabbit, Crazy Like a Fox and The Tracey Ullman
Show. They also broadcast the Australian soap opera A Country
Practice. In 1988 RTÉ did a major revamp of the service, focusing
more on Sports, Children's TV, Irish Programming as RTÉ 2 was still
behind both UTV and
BBC One NI in the ratings.
As Network 2 the service still focused strongly on imported
programming, RTÉ would now look to have first runs of US programming
before other European networks. In the early years Network 2 broadcast
US sit-coms Monday to Friday at 21:00 such as The Golden Girls,
Cheers, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Check It Out and Murphy
Brown. They also broadcast
Knots Landing and Falcon Crest. They also
began broadcasting the long running Australian soap opera Home and
A Country Practice
A Country Practice moved to RTÉ One. In 1992 Coronation
Street moved to RTÉ One. Other US shows at this time included Head of
Ferris Bueller and Eerie Indiana.
During the 1990s Network 2 began to expand it schedule to cover
morning and late night television. Imports still played a major part
of the schedule with first showings of popular 1990s TV such as
Friends, The X Files, Nowhere Man, My So-Called Life, but also Late
Night and Daytime repeats of Yes Minister, The Fall and Rise of
Reginald Perrin, Cheers, The Beverly Hillbillies, Peyton Place, The
Mary Tyler Moore Show, MacGyver and also the morning strand of Open
University. At 18:00 they began showing many US teen sitcoms such as
Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell and Harry and the Hendersons, and
The Fashion Show.
During the late 1990s the schedules began to increase in size again.
All of the daytime repeat programmes were replaced by Children's
television while Late Night TV was extended until 2 am each
morning with shows like, Profiler, Millennium, Star Trek: Voyager
(only airing the first season),
Stargate SG1 and some Australian
serials including Water Rats and Murder Call. In 2001 they began
broadcasting the Australian teen soap Neighbours. Popular prime time
US programmes included Friends, The Parkers, Ally McBeal, 24, Dawson's
Creek, Smallville, Jessie,
Frasier and Boston Public. In 2000 Network
2 broadcast all episodes of the cult favourite
Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks and
finished the series before
NBC did in the US. During this time they
also began airing
The Simpsons (also airing on Sky1) which had not
been seen on the channel since
The Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show in the late
Renamed in 2004 as RTÉ Two, the channel still has a heavy emphasis on
imported programming. Its late night schedule completely filled with
imports from Rules of Engagement to 24, from Rescue Me to Smallville.
Their 19:00 to 21:00 schedule consists of many
BBC natural history
David Attenborough Life and Horizons. The channel
currently shows first time showings of Cougar Town, Flash Forward,
Lost, The Good Wife, CSI, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, Grey's
Anatomy, Sons of Anarchy,
Life with Boys
Life with Boys and Mr. Young.
RTÉ 2 also airs American programmes such as
The Simpsons (currently
airing Season 20 weekdays at 18:00), 90210, Revenge, Law & Order,
Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Greys Anatomy,
Worst Week and
Private Practice. Australian soaps
Home and Away
Home and Away air
along with Irish programmes such as Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen, The
Podge and Rodge
Podge and Rodge Show. Other well known US shows on RTÉ Two include
Lost, Ugly Betty, Prison Break, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI:
Miami, CSI: NY, Desperate Housewives, The Americans,
New Girl and Two
Broke Girls. It also airs Smallville, Sons of Anarchy, Eli Stone, Mr.
Sunshine after midnight on weekends, and British shows such as
Shameless and The Thick of It.
It has also aired Seasons 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of NCIS and also Season 2
of Hawaii Five-0. It is currently showing NCIS Season 10 on Saturdays
at midnight and Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 on Sunday nights. The Walking
Dead, Under The Dome and Person of Interest are other US shows added
to the channel's schedule.
In 2014, RTÉ 2 began to focus more on Irish music programming for the
first time in its history the annual Choice
Music Prize was aired on
television, previously only available on radio. It continued to air
the critically acclaimed music series Other Voices for an eleventh
season. In August 2014, RTÉ 2 televised over 8 hours of Electric
Picnic coverage from Stradbally, Co. Laois, this was the first time
that the channel aired the annual music festival. On 2 September
2014, RTÉ began to air new comedy series Mom. Additional shows to
begin airing in 2014 include Gotham. A new fashion and
entertainment series produced in-house by RTÉ called #Trending will
be hosted by Darren Kennedy.
As part of the autumn 2014 schedule RTÉ 2 began airing Mom. Vikings
premiered on the channel in early January 2014 and series 2 aired from
October 2014. In 2015,
RTÉ2 returned to broadcasting non-English
speaking content; these included Nordic dramas The Saboteurs and 1864.
American Odyssey was added to the summer 2015 line-up, since axed by
News shows included
CSI Cyber. Season 3 of The Americans was
added to the summer schedule. Other non-English speaking programming
were added to the
RTÉ2 schedule in late 2015, including the
critically acclaimed German drama Deutschland 83.
RTÉ2 will broadcast the 12th season of Other Voices in spring. RTÉ2
have yet to confirm which programmes it has acquired for 2016. The
summer 2016 schedule will largely be made up of sports programming
such as GAA,
Euro 2016 and Summer Olympics 2016.
In early 2016, the broadcaster confirmed it would air the mini-series
The X-Files, which began airing on 26 January. iZombie was another
addition to their schedule, along with Icelandic crime drama
Trapped. In Spring 2016, the channel debuted First Dates Ireland
to positive reception. The series has been renewed for a
second season in 2017.
During the last decade like many other TV channels RTÉ 2 have had
several reality based TV shows.
In 2003, Network 2 set out to find their news TV presenter in a
reality show called The Selection Box; the eventual winner was
RTÉ 2 also produced two series of the employment reality show No
Experience Required, three prospective candidates are evaluated over
the course of a week for a vacant position in a top company, the show
follows them through interview stages and tasks set out by their
In 2008, RTÉ 2 broadcast Hollywood Trials. It follow a group of young
actors travelling to make it big in LA. The actors where selected by
Hollywood acting guru Margie Haber. Those selected to travel with
Margie to LA included Chris Newman from the RTÉ 2 drama Love is the
Drug, George McMahon from
RTÉ One soap opera
Fair City and Michael
Boyzone fame. Nelvana
Hollywood Trials was then followed by The Model Agent. The model agent
in question was
Ellis and with help of
Erin O'Connor as the girls
mentor she picked Carrie-Anne Burton for a contract with Independent
Models, one of the world's leading modelling agencies and a cover for
Image magazine, one of the Ireland's most high profile and respected
fashion titles. A similar series called
The Model Scouts
The Model Scouts is
currently in production.
Do the Right Thing, another reality series, began in September 2010
and was presented by Lucy Kennedy and Baz Ashmawy, in search of
Ireland's ultimate volunteer.
Masterchef Ireland began airing on the channel on Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 21:30.
RTÉ 2 also ran spin-off serials to RTÉ One's reality shows, such as
You're a Star Uncut, Cabin Fever, and
Treasure Island Uncovered.
In the first two decades of RTÉ 2, little original drama was produced
for the channel; often RTÉ would just repeat their dramas on the
channel such as
Fair City and Glenroe. RTÉ did place some emphasis on
short film in the RTÉ 2 series Short Cuts. Short films remain on RTÉ
2 most Monday nights at 11:30; these shorts are not just taken from
RTÉ co-financed productions but also from independent producers
around the world.
RTÉ 2's most successful drama was a drama/comedy/chat show entitled
Nighthawks presented by Shay Healy. This was produced as a
pseudo-documentary about the behind the scenes of the television
production, it featured many well known Irish comedians, however
unlike the mockumentary The Larry Sanders Show,
real interviews and was created by David Blake Knox, who went on to be
controller of Network 2 until 1998. Gerry Ryan had a similar format
show called Gerry Ryan Tonight during the 1990s.
From 2000 to 2008, RTÉ were committed to providing new and original
drama on RTÉ 2 each Monday night each autumn. The dramas had mixed
reviews but they included
Paths to Freedom (2000), Bachelors Walk
(2001–2003), The Big Bow Wow (2003),
Pure Mule (2004), Love is the
Drug (2004) and Prosperity (2007). Raw was RTÉ 2's last Monday night
drama; it received mixed reviews but it reached on average 250,000
viewers each week against RTÉ One's Prime Time Investigates and
TV3'sThe Apprentice; Raw's second series ran on RTÉ One. Most of RTÉ
2's drama output was aimed at a younger audience than that of RTÉ
One's and it often contained bad language and sex scenes.
RTÉ ended their RTÉ 2 drama's in 2008 with the first series of Raw,
choosing to air its second series on RTÉ One. RTÉ are not currently
looking for drama specifically for RTÉ 2 which brings to an end a
significant amount of work brought to the channel from RTÉ's drama
department and independent producers. Many of the dramas of this era
on RTÉ 2 were seen as experimental but also highly modern and
Monday night has been comedy night on RTÉ 2 since its 1997 re-launch.
Many US sitcoms were intermixed with live Irish comedy such as Don't
Feed The Gondalas (DFTG), The Panel, The
Podge and Rodge
Podge and Rodge Show, A Scare
at Bedtime with Podge and Rodge, @LastTV, The Liffey Laughs, The
Blizzard of Odd, The Byrne Ultimatum and Night Live.
RTÉ Young Peoples
See also: RTÉ Young People's Programmes
RTÉ Young People's department oversees programming for under 5s, 5 to
12-year olds and teenage audiences. As part of RTÉ 2's redevelopment
in 1988 as Network 2, most of RTÉ's young people's programming moved
RTÉ One to Network 2.
Dempsey's Den was hosted by Ian, Zig, Zag and Zuppy. It moved to
Network 2 from RTÉ One, and broadcasting for an extra hour from 15:00
to 18:00. Network 2 would start the day 14:30 with Bosco a pre-school
television show. All children's television moved to Network 2 when it
rebranded in 1988. When
Ian Dempsey left Dempsey's Den the show was
renamed The Den, with a new presenter, Ray D'Arcy. D'Arcy presented
the show from 1990 to 1997 when the strand began to expand it schedule
into the early hours of the morning. From 1997 to 2010 The Den ran for
10 hours a day starting at 07:00 to 17:00 followed by a strand which
was given various titles and targeted at a teenage audience. When RTÉ
rebranded their children's strands in 2010, this effectively axed the
country's longest-running children's TV show.
Saturday programming came from RTÉ Cork in form the mid-1990s to the
late-2000s, starting with The Swamp which took the place of classic
Irish children's TV such as Pajo's Junkbox, Scratch Saturday and
Anything Goes (which broadcast on RTÉ One). Satitude was RTÉ Cork's
main TV show for children and was broadcast on The Den on RTÉ 2 on
Saturday mornings. Satitude was cancelled in 2009.
Den Tots was The Den's pre-school strand. It is replaced by RTÉjr;
RTÉ do not advertise during these selected hours.
Shows for young people in the 1970s and 1980s included:
MT USA, a pop video music programming presented from New York by
pioneering Irish radio DJ and television presenter Vincent Hanley
Youthline, a series which looked at new and upcoming artists such as
In the late 1980s, RTÉ began simulcasting
The Beatbox with
2FM as a
replacement for MT USA. Presenters included Barry Lang, Electric Eddie
(Doug Murray), Simon Young, Peter Collins, Ian Dempsey. It was
replaced in 1995 with Dave Fanning's 2TV.
2TV spawned several spin
offs: late night videos hosted by Jon Slattery, and RTÉ's only
attempt at a morning show in 1999 with Bianka Luykx.
Jo Maxi appeared for the first time until 1993, a daily teen
show airing at 18:00, which was later replaced by Echo Island and in
the early 2000s by ID, followed by ID2, TTV and now Two Tube. Within
the programming block, contains
Neighbours (repeated from RTÉ One),
The Simpsons and
Home and Away
Home and Away (repeated from RTÉ One).
Space Station Video's - Late 1985/1986 - music video show presented by
people from the world of music, sport & entertainment, including
chris de burgh & phil lynnot - Set on a space station - time on -
News and current affairs
See also: RTÉ News
RTÉ2 provides no regular prime time news or current
affairs programme since January 2017. Children's news programme
News2day remains part of their line up.
From 1978 to 2014, RTÉ 2 provided late night news. The first such
news programme was called NewsNight. The programme was a wide
international news service which provided news stories from US and UK
broadcasters the show also included a national news bulletin, the
final late night news on the channel was called RTÉ
News on Two.
On 22 September 2014 the late night news was dropped in favour of two
bulletins at 18:55 and 19:55 called
News Feed. They also provide
children's news each weekday called News2day.
With the relaunch of RTÉ Two as Network 2 the news was renamed
Network News. The news was now similar in style to the newly
launched Six One news and Nine
News on RTÉ One.
In 1997, with the possibility of competition from a new local
broadcaster Network 2 relaunch again known on screen as N2. Late night
news was renamed News2 and was hosted by
Sharon Ní Bheoláin and
Anthony Murnane and aimed at a much younger audience. Its content was
customised for a younger audience, and presenters and journalists tend
to use more informal language on the programme.
RTÉ News on Two
RTÉ News on Two is RTÉ's late evening news programme. The program is
broadcast Monday-Thursday on the channel. It does not have a regular
time slot, but is usually broadcast at some point between 22:45 and
23:30. Since October 2006 the bulletin has been presented by Eileen
Whelan, following the departure of Anthony Murnane who was with the
programme from the beginning. John O'Driscoll is the programme Editor.
Since the launch of RTÉ's Morning Edition on
RTÉ One RTÉ
Two has been reduced to a 10-minute bulletin.
From March 2007 until September 2014,
RTÉ News on Two
RTÉ News on Two is available
streamed live on the internet and archive shows where available to
view through the RTÉ website. On Fridays an extended late summary on
RTÉ One was broadcast instead of RTÉ
News on Two. There are no
weekend news programmes on RTÉ Two other than summaries.
Current affairs programming on the channel included Market Place a
business news show and Later on 2, but presently, RTÉ 2 do not cover
current affairs. On Budget Day, RTÉ broadcast Opposition speeches on
RTÉ 2, while both
RTÉ One and
RTÉ News Now
RTÉ News Now cover analysis of the
RTÉ 2 broadcasts the majority of RTÉ's sports content. Since RTÉ
own rights to several competitions any fixtures clashing with RTÉ 2's
schedule will often be provided on RTÉ One, however
RTÉ One rarely
provides sporting events on weekdays hence most soccer matches are
shown on RTÉ 2. These include UEFA Champions league and the League of
Ireland and competitive Ireland National Football Team matches. George
Hamilton is the station's main sports commentator. RTÉ 2 also covers
some smaller sports such as athletics, cycling, extreme sports, golf,
hockey, racquet sports, scuba diving, target shooting, triathlon, and
water sports. RTÉ 2 also covers the Olympic Games.
RTÉ used to cover basketball which has moved to TG4, combat sports,
snooker, pool and used to cover the annual International Rules Series
between Ireland and Australia; however, this has moved to TG4. RTÉ
also used to cover Wimbledon and the Tour de France which is now on
RTÉ main sporting rights are
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League Live &
Highlights, Ireland International matches Live & Highlights,
League of Ireland
League of Ireland Live & Highlights,
FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Live &
Highlights, European Championship Live & Highlights,
FAI Cup Live
& Highlights, Women's
FAI Cup Live & Highlights, 6 Nations
Championship Live & Highlights, Ireland Autumn Internationals Live
& Highlights, Women's 6 Nations Live & Highlights, Olympic
Games, GAA Championship Live & Highlights, GAA League Highlights,
Grand National, The Derby, Galway Races, Punchentown and the
Cheltenham Festival which take commentary and coverage from Channel 4
with RTÉ's own presenter and analysis.
RTÉ 2's sports coverage is its most popular programming strand, it
often tops RTÉ 2's most watch shows, significantly out doing other
all other programming. RTÉ plan to provide most sporting events in
High Definition on RTÉ 2.
RTÉ 2 provides most of the GAA championship coverage for hurling and
football, in 2008, RTÉ lost its monopoly on the championship games to
TV3 for the first time in its 10-year history took an interest in the
games having mainly bought in soccer and bought live rights for 10 of
the matches for three seasons, this forced the Sunday Game Live off
air some weekends with live coverage only on TV3 however TV3 lost
these rights to
Sky Sports for Summer 2014 therefore Sky have 14 live
exclusive matches and share semi-finals and finals of the All Ireland
Series with RTÉ, RTÉ continue to show the Sunday Game at
9:30 pm on
RTÉ2 throughout these month.
The main GAA show is called
The Sunday Game it is a review of the
weekend's action and it is presented by Michael Lyster and Des Cahill,
The Sunday Game Live is broadcast earlier in the day. While The
Saturday Game Live only provides live coverage of the games. Setanta
Sports also holds rights for the GAA Championships however these are
delayed rights as
Setanta Sports is a pay television service. RTÉ 2
also provides live coverage of the
Camogie All-Ireland finals. RTÉ
was one of three sponsors for the Hurling Championships.
League of Ireland
League of Ireland rights are owned by RTÉ and Setanta Sports. They
each take turns on showing live matches each Friday night. RTÉ also
FAI Cup games and the final in HD. Every Monday at 7 pm,
RTÉ produce a domestic soccer show called Monday Night
presented by Peter Collins which provides a roundup of the weekend of
League of Ireland
League of Ireland and international team news with regular guests,
this was axed in 2014 and replaced by
Soccer Republic which airs
around 11 pm every Monday night. RTÉ have held rights to the
Premier League match from the English league between 2004-2007,
this was hosted by Bill O'Herlihy, Darragh Maloney, Michael Lyster and
Des Cahill with commentary by George Hamilton, Peter Collins and
Darragh Maloney, however these are now owned by Setanta Sports. In
June 2013, RTÉ decided not to renew their highlights package for the
Premier League as part of cost-cutting measures and to concentrate on
national sporting interests and live sporting rights. This package has
been since taken up by Setanta Sports. The currently have the rights
to the 2016 UEFA European championships and 2018 FIFA World Cup. They
currently hold the rights to Wednesday nights soccer from the UEFA
Champions League with both Setanta and TV3 all other hold rights and
signed a new deal in December 2014 to continue broadcasting Champions
League to 2018. They also broadcast games of the Republic of Ireland
national football team competitive matches in qualifying for European
Championships and World Cups and matches in these tournaments should
they qualify, though the games were formerly broadcast by RTÉ One.
The presenter for big matches such as the Champions League and Ireland
Darragh Maloney who is usually joined by Eamonn Dunphy,
John Giles and
Liam Brady while commentary comes from George Hamilton
and Jim Beglin or Ray Houghton. Other pundits used by RTÉ are Kenny
Richie Sadlier and Ronnie Whelan. Other commentators are
Adrian Eames, Stephen Alkin and Peter Collins.
World Cup coverage
RTÉ have had exclusive rights to the World Cup tournament; coverage
is on RTÉ 2 while rte.ie provides coverage of clashing games. Having
been the only national service until the arrival of
TG4 and TV3 in the
mid-1990s. In 1990 RTÉ made a major investment into the coverage of
the tournament which coincided with Ireland's successful campaign
under the management of Jack Charlton. The main panel of pundits
appeared for the first time consisting of presenter
Bill O'Herlihy and
pundits John Giles and Eamon Dunphy. For their coverage of 1998 World
Cup, RTÉ introduced the comedy Apres Match, a mock of the panel of
Apres Match pundits first appeared on RTÉ's late night
comedy show The End with Barry Murphy. In 1998 the
Apres Match pundits
for the first time took control of the punditry of the third place
play-off and in 2006 surprised themselves and audiences when Barry
Murphy playing the part of
Liam Brady accurately guess the result -
Germany 3 and Portugal 1. In 2006 RTÉ also introduced Graeme
Souness as a panellist. Other panellists include Ronnie Whelan, Richie
Liam Brady and Denis Irwin. In 2010 Ossie Ardiles, Dietmar
(Didi) Hamann and
Kevin Kilbane joined the team of panellists. Darragh
Maloney, Peter Collins and Con Murphy also present live matches and
highlights of the games each night. The matches commentary is provided
by George Hamilton, Ray Houghton, Gabriel Egan, Trevor Steven, Stephen
Alkin, Damian Richardson, Adrian Eames,
Matt Holland and Jimmy
2014 was Bill O'Herlihy's final World Cup for RTÉ and he has been
Darragh Maloney who was number 2 during the World Cup.
Guest pundits used for the World Cup in 2014 were Ossie Ardilles, Didi
Hamann, Neil Lennon, Brad Friedel, Paul Clement and Michael O'Neill
alongside the existing RTÉ Team of Dunphy, Brady, Giles, Sadlier,
Cunningham and Whelan. Commentators were George Hamilton, Stephen
Alkin, Peter Collins and Adrian Eames while co-commentators were Ray
Houghton, Jim Beglin,
Trevor Steven and Brian Kerr.
RTÉ currently holds the rights to the RBS Six Nations Championship
until 2017. They previously held the rights to all Ireland games in
the tournament until 1998, when
BSkyB had the rights to home England
games until 2003. Since 2003 the tournament has been broadcast in its
entirety live on RTÉ 2, since 2010 RTÉ have been host broadcaster
for Ireland home games. Ireland's Autumn International Series is also
broadcast live on RTÉ, with the station holding the rights until
RTÉ had shown every
Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup until 2007 when Setanta Ireland
secured the full rights to the 2007 and 2011 editions. With Ireland
games at the tournament an A listed event, terrestrial rights went to
TV3 for the 2007 edition, the 2011 tournament returned to RTÉ with
the station broadcasting 11 games live, including the opening match,
all Ireland's games and every game from the quarter finals on. RTÉ
Setanta Sports lost the rights to RWC in 2015 to TV3.
Heineken Cup was broadcast live on RTÉ from its inception until
2006. In 2006,
BSkyB secured the exclusive Irish broadcast rights,
highlights remained on RTÉ until the 2011/12 season when
the highlights package in a three-year deal. The Rabo Direct Pro 12
has been broadcast on RTÉ since 2010, previously coverage was on TG4
and Setanta Ireland. Ireland contintue to cover Ireland Autumn
Internationals signing a deal alongside
Sky Sports from 2014-2018, Sky
BBC as the Nationwide broadcaster for Irish Autumn
RTÉ presenter for Rugby is Tom McGurk who usually hosts alongside
George Hook, Brent Pope and Conor O'Shea. Other presenters used by
RTÉ are Joanne Cantwell and Daire O'Briain while other pundits
include Shane Horgan, Ronan O'Gara, Alan Quinlan, Frankie Sheahan,
Bernard Jackman, Scott Hastings and Ben Kay. RTÉ's main commentator
is Ryle Nugent while George Hamilton and Hugh Cahill also work on the
6 Nations. Co-commentators include Donal Lenihan, Ralph Keyes and Tony
RTÉ 2's entertainment content is generally aimed at a young audience
to that of its sister channel RTÉ One. Since 1988 RTÉ 2 has been
successful with a number of entertainment shows aimed at the 15- to
35-year-old age group.
In the early years of RTÉ 2 music shows on the channel consisted of
Music TV USA every Friday night, which was then repeated on Sunday
afternoons at 3 pm. In the mid-1980s this was replaced by The
Beatbox presented by Ian Dempsey. From 1995,
Dave Fanning presented a
near identical programme under the new name of 2TV.
The Beatbox and
2TV were both broadcast on
2FM RTÉ's popular music radio station.
No Disco was an alternative music show for late night TV from 1993 to
2003, it was hosted by initially by
Donal Dineen who left to present
radio on Radio Ireland in 1997. Uaneen Fitzsimons took his place on
the show, seen as a major upcoming television talent. Fitzsimons died
in a road accident in 2000. She had made a significant name for
herself on the show, and her knowledge of the music industry, her love
of the music and her respect for her guests was apparent throughout
When Under Ether is a music magazine show launched in 2009 and focuses
on alternative, indie and electronica music.
In 1997, Later on 2, aired on Tuesday nights, was the arts review show
presented by John Kelly who now presents a similar show on RTÉ One
called The View. Also in 1997, RTÉ introduced a set of comedy
television shows on the newly re-launched N2 service. Don't Feed The
Gondolas or DFTG was presented by Sean Moncreiff and later by Brendan
O'Connor. In the initial years Brendan O'Connor was one of the main
team captains, during the final season Brendan O'Connor became the
main host with only three guests. Other shows to begin that year
included Rodge and Podge:
A Scare at Bedtime
A Scare at Bedtime and @LastTV, a fast-paced
review show with interviews, comedy sketches and music.
In 2009, RTÉ 2 revamped its entertainment season with critics and
fans still undecided about new titles which included The Byrne
Ultimatum, Meave Higgan's Fancy Vittles,
The Republic of Telly
The Republic of Telly and
Podge & Rodge's Stickit Inn.
RTÉ 2's schedule is carefully made so as to maximise the viewing
figures for RTÉ 2 but not at the expense of its sister channel, RTÉ
As part of RTÉ Two's re-brand to Network 2 some emphasises was put on
Irish language programming including a daily current affairs show
called Cursaí. The series ran from 1988 to 1996 at 19:00 Monday to
Friday. The series was later moved around both RTÉ channels. RTÉ
retained the arts spin-off programme, Cursaí Ealaíona, into the late
1990s on RTÉ One. RTÉ also broadcast a daily news service in Irish
at 20:00 each night, this later moved to RTÉ One.
Irish language children's programming on both
TRTÉ, much of its
Irish language programming has moved to either RTÉ
One or TG4. In the early 1990s RTÉ suggested using RTÉ Two's evening
schedule for Irish Language programming, rather than starting a new
Irish language programming on RTÉ 2 included school's quiz
Eureka and light entertainment show Seán Bán in a Shuí.
References in media
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live has mentioned this station on two occasions:
The recurring sketch "Top O'The Morning" hosted by two barflies
Patrick Fitzwilliam (Jimmy Fallon) and William Fitzpatrick (Seth
Meyers) is said to be broadcast on RTÉ 2.
A one-off sketch parodying reality shows that focus on remodelling
houses called "You Call This A House, Do Ya?" is also said to have
broadcast on RTÉ 2.
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Northern Ireland HD
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