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RTÉ NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS (Irish : Nuacht agus Cúrsaí Reatha RTÉ), is a major division of Raidió Teilifís Éireann and provides a range of national and international news and current affairs programming for RTÉ television, radio and online and also for the independent Irish language
Irish language
broadcaster TG4 . It is, by far, the largest and most popular news source in Ireland – with 77% of the Irish public regarding it as their main source of both Irish and international news. It broadcasts in English , Irish and Irish Sign Language . The organisation is also a source of commentary on current affairs. The division is based at the RTÉ Television Centre in Donnybrook , Dublin
Dublin
, however, the station also operates regional bureaux across Ireland and the world.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history * 1.2 1960s * 1.3 1970s & 1980s * 1.4 1990s & 2000s * 1.5 2010s

* 2 Programming

* 2.1 Television programmes * 2.2 Radio

* 2.3 Online

* 2.3.1 RTÉ News Now

* 3 Bureaux

* 4 The team

* 4.1 Reporters

* 4.1.1 Regional * 4.1.2 General * 4.1.3 International * 4.1.4 Specialist Correspondents

* 4.2 Former newsreaders * 4.3 Former Reporters & Correspondents

* 5 Controversy * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

EARLY HISTORY

On 1 January 1926, 2RN started broadcasting. It was Ireland's first radio station. On 24 May 1926, there was the first advertised news bulletin on 2RN. Then on 26 February 1927, the first ever daily news report was broadcast on the station.

During the Second World War, referred to in Ireland as The Emergency , because of the Emergency Powers Act 1939 , media censorship of radio broadcasts effected news bulletins. Before all news bulletins were broadcast, the scripts of the bulletins were read over the phone to Head of the Government Information Bureau, Frank Gallagher . Censorship brought in under the Act was lifted on 11 May 1945.

1960S

On 31 December 1961 Ireland's first national television station, Telefís Éireann , was officially launched. A new Television Complex was built at Donnybrook in Dublin
Dublin
and the news service was the first to move in. On 1 January 1962 Charles Mitchel read the first television news bulletin at 6:01 pm. Andy O\'Mahony was the station's other chief newsreader in the early days of the new service. The new studios were still being completed, so construction work was heard during news bulletins. Later on Telefís Éireann's first full day of broadcasting Broadsheet made its debut. This programme provided a more detailed analysis of topical matters and current affairs. There was a mixture of incisive and light-hearted items, unscripted studio interviews and filmed reports. Presented by John O\'Donoghue , Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell , some of these men would continue broadcasting with the station until the new century. Telefís Éireann's first full day also saw the first broadcast of the Nine O\'Clock News , a half-hour bulletin including news, newsview, weather and sports results.

Broadsheet was broadcast for the last time in 1964. It was replaced by Frank Hall 's Newsbeat , a news and current affairs programme that focused more on the light-hearted stories from around the country.

In 1966 Maurice O\'Doherty joined the newsroom as newsreader. Later that same year the station's new flagship news programme was broadcast for the first time. Seven Days had a production team with people such as Eoghan Harris , Brian Cleeve, Brian Farrell and John O'Donoghue. In 1967 the programme merged with another, Division , and became 7 days.

1970S "> Various presenters of Morning Ireland

When Radio Éireann and Telefís Éireann merged, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
was expanded, providing coverage to new stations RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ Radio 2 .

In the early 1980s, in the space of two years, there were three general elections . This demanded a larger schedule of current affairs. New programmes Morning Ireland and Today Tonight were launched.

The current set of TV News programmes began in 1988, as RTÉ re-aligned their programmes. Seán Duignan and Eileen Dunne were the first presenters of Six-One, which began in October 1988

1990S "> The RTÉ News
RTÉ News
Studio in 2009

In 1991, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
appointed its first legal affairs correspondent, Kieron Wood. Also in the 1990s, the first Washington DC correspondent Mark Little was appointed, and Teilifís na Gaeilge , RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ.ie were established. In 1992 RTÉ launched its flagship current affairs programme Prime Time
Prime Time
replacing Today Tonight . Other notable current affairs programmes from the 1990s include The Week in Politics amid a deep freeze on 8 January 2010, RTÉ showed one male individual slipping and sliding down the street in Dublin.

On 24 October 2012, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
& Current Affairs announced some major changes to its output from 2013. Prime Time
Prime Time
relaunched with a larger studio and additional presenters Claire Byrne and George Lee . The Frontline was also brought under the Prime Time
Prime Time
brand with the programme now airing 3 times a week. In 2012, RTÉ announced it was moving some of its regional newsrooms to local Institute of Technology as a cost saving arrangement. The affected areas are Sligo
Sligo
, Dundalk
Dundalk
, Galway
Galway
, Athlone
Athlone
and Waterford . RTÉ will retain the Cork and Limerick
Limerick
bureaux.

In January 2013, RTÉ launched a new morning news programme Morning Edition which airs weekdays between 09:00–11:00 on RTÉ One
RTÉ One
and RTÉ News Now . The Week in Politics now airs twice every Sunday premiering live at 12:00 and repeated again at its usual late night slot. Morning Ireland relaunched in 2013 in a new studio and continues to air both on RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
and RTÉ News Now . RTÉ News
RTÉ News
will continue its interactivity with a revamped news app service for smartphones, tablets and wireless live news feed.

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs currently produces over 1000 hours of television programming and 2,000 hours of radio programming a year.

On Saturday 26 April 2014, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
got a new look for all of its news programmes across RTÉ Television, with a tweaked logo, new opening "> An interview for Nuacht RTÉ taking place

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs is responsible for all the news bulletins on RTÉ One
RTÉ One
, RTÉ Two
RTÉ Two
, TG4 , RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
, RTÉ 2fm
RTÉ 2fm
, RTÉ lyric fm , RTE News Now, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
, and RTÉ Europe . The division also provides written news updates on RTÉ's teletext service, Aertel , RTÉ Mobile and RTÉ.ie . General news bulletins on TV and radio are usually branded as RTÉ News.

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
faces competition from within Ireland and abroad. For local news TV3 News provides competition in the television sector; as do Newstalk , Today FM and 4fm in the radio sector. As Ireland is a predominantly English-speaking nation, international news channels ( CNBC Europe , CNN International , EuroNews
EuroNews
, France 24
France 24
, BBC News
BBC News
, Sky News , etc.) compete with RTÉ with regards television news coverage of international events. Despite this competition however, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
remains the most popular source of news in Ireland.

TELEVISION PROGRAMMES

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs television programmes include: English-language

* RTÉ News: One O\'Clock * RTÉ News: Six One * RTÉ News: Nine O\'Clock * RTÉ News: Headlines

* Claire Byrne Live * Prime Time
Prime Time
* Leader\'s Questions * The Week in Politics

* One To One * Oireachtas Report * European Parliament Report * news2day

Special
Special
News Programmes

The department also broadcasts numerous special programmes throughout the year. RTÉ has comprehensively covered every general & local election in Ireland since it was established. RTÉ has also covered some international elections such as elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly and Westminster
Westminster
as well as the US Presidential Election . Each year the Budget is covered with the budget delivery & analysis given on RTÉ One
RTÉ One
with RTÉ Two
RTÉ Two
covering the live budget debate from Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
. On occasion RTÉ may also provide rolling news coverage on an important developing news story such as on 9/11
9/11
, the London
London
Bombings of 2005 "> RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs team that have spent time on Morning Ireland

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs radio programmes include: English-language

* Morning Ireland * RTÉ News
RTÉ News
at One * Drivetime * World Report * This Week * News bulletins on the hour on RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1
and RTÉ 2fm. * News bulletins on the half-hour on RTÉ lyric fm.

Irish-language

* Adhmhaidin * Nuacht a hAon * Nuacht a Sé * Regular Irish-language news bulletins on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

ONLINE

Main article: RTÉ.ie

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
content is also available worldwide on the internet . In addition to written content, virtually all of RTÉ's radio and television news programming since 1998 is subsequently made available in the form of RealPlayer audio and video clips which can be streamed, also, live news programming can be received live via streaming media in both RealPlayer and Windows Media Player formats. All television news content is available on the Ireland-only RTÉ player for 21 days.

RTÉ News
RTÉ News
Now

Main article: RTÉ News Now

Since 12 June 2008, RTÉ News
RTÉ News
is served by RTÉ News Now . The channel airs commercial free 24 hours a day with the latest live news. The station was initially made available on mobile phones and online at rte.ie/news. The channel broadcast in the Irish, English and ISL languages. The channel is also available on Saorview (channel 6),Sky channel 578 eir channel 200 virgin media channel 200, mobile phone service providers such as O2 Ireland , Vodafone Ireland and Android . The channel also provides a free service to users of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The channel is also available in on train services within Dublin
Dublin
city and surrounding regions under a special agreement between Irish Rail
Irish Rail
, Transvision and RTÉ . Previously, Sky News provided such a service.

BUREAUX

RTÉ have studios and offices in the following locations: Regional

* Athlone
Athlone
* Baile na nGall * Belfast
Belfast
* Castlebar * Cork * Derry
Derry
* Dublin
Dublin
* Dundalk
Dundalk
* Galway
Galway
* Letterkenny
Letterkenny
* Limerick
Limerick
* Sligo
Sligo
* Waterford

International

* Brussels
Brussels
* Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
* London
London
* Beijing
Beijing
(Closed following the 2008 Beijing
Beijing
Olympics)

THE TEAM

NEWSREADERS

SPORTSREADERS

Bryan Dobson Sharon Ní Bheoláin Éamon Horan

Eileen Dunne Brian Jennings Clare McNamara

Susan Jackson Mary Calpin Jacqui Hurley

Eileen Whelan Ray Kennedy Evanne Ní Chuilinn

Aengus Mac Grianna Sharon Tobin Justin Treacy

Úna O\'Hagan Clodagh Walsh Dave Kelly

Brian Finn Vivienne Traynor Joe Stack

Jan O\'Connell Kate Egan Paul O\'Flynn

Shane MacGabhann

RTÉ News: with Signing is signed by:

* Wayne Raphael Reid * Eddie Redmond * Sarah-Jane Moloney * Eileen Coffey (Retired September 2012) * Jean O\'Reilly , * Caroline Worthington * Wendy Murray .

Nuacht RTÉ newsreaders include:

* Siun Nic Gearailt * Caoimhe Ní Chonchoille * Mairé T. Ní Mhadaoin * Áine Lally * Eibhlín Ní Choistealbha * Eimear Ní Chonaola * Maolra Mac Donnchadha * Peadar Mac Gaoithín

REPORTERS

Regional

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

* Tommie Gorman (Northern Editor) * Brendan Wright (Northern Reporter)

North-East

* Richard Dowling (North East Correspondent)

North-West

* Eileen Magnier (North West Correspondent)

South

* Paschal Sheehy (Southern Editor) * Jennie O\'Sullivan (Southern Reporter) * Geraldine Harney

South East

* Damien Tiernan (South East Correspondent) * Helen McInerney (South East Reporter)

West

* Pat McGrath (Western Correspondent) * Teresa Mannion (Regional Reporter)

Mid-West

* Cathy Halloran (Mid-West Correspondent)

Dublin
Dublin

* John Kilraine ( Dublin
Dublin
Correspondent)

Midlands

* Ciaran Mullooly (Midlands Correspondent)

General

* Philip Bromwell * Colman O\'Sullivan * Helen Donohue * Laura Fletcher * Sharon Gaffney * Conor Hunt * Sandra Hurley * Sinéad Hussey * Ray Kennedy * Samantha Libreri * Joe Mag Raollaigh * Sinéad Morris * Sharon Tobin * Dyane Connor * Nick Sheridan

International

* Cathy Milner (Foreign Editor) * Eimear Lowe (Deputy Foreign Editor)

* Fiona Mitchell ( London
London
Correspondent) * Tony Connelly (Europe Editor) * Caitriona Perry (Washington Correspondent)

* Michelle McCaughren (reporter) * Jonathan Rachel Clynch (reporter) * Brian O\'Donovan (reporter) * Petula Martyn (reporter)

Specialist Correspondents

* David Murphy (Business Editor) * Sean Whelan (Economics) * Fergal Bowers (Health) * Orla O\'Donnell (Legal Affairs) * Vivienne Traynor (Courts Reporter) * Emma O\'Kelly (Education)

* Joe Little (Religious & Social Affairs) * Paul Reynolds (Crime) * Sinéad Crowley (Arts & Media) * Will Goodbody (Science & Technology) * George Lee (Agriculture text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

POLITICS

* Martina Fitzgerald (Correspondent) * Brian Dowling (Reporter) * Mícheál Lehane (Reporter)

INDUSTRY AND EMPLOYMENT

* Ingrid Miley (Correspondent)

FORMER NEWSREADERS

* Charles Mitchel * Maurice O\'Doherty * Terry Wogan
Terry Wogan
* Éamonn Lawlor * Andy O\'Mahony * Don Cockburn * Jim Sherwin * Colm Connolly * Derek Davis * Deirdre Purcell * Colm Murray * Niall Carroll * Richard Crowley * Jimmy Greeley * Gareth O\'Connor * Susan Byrne * Michael Murphy

* Seán Duignan * Mary Kennedy * Vere Wynne-Jones * Geraldine McInerney * Michael Herity * Jim Mountjoy * Cyril Smith * Ken Hammond * David Timlin * Anne Doyle * Flor MacCarthy * Fionnuala Sweeney * Angie Mezzetti * Emer O\'Kelly * John Finnerty

FORMER REPORTERS & CORRESPONDENTS

* Jim Fahy (Western Editor) * Charlie Bird (Chief News Correspondent) * Carole Coleman (Washington Correspondent), current reporter * Mark Little (Washington Correspondent & Prime Time
Prime Time
Presenter) * Brian O\'Connell ( London
London
Editor) * Tom MacSweeney (Marine Correspondent) * Mary Wilson (Legal Affairs Correspondent), current Drivetime presenter * Donal Kelly (Political Editor) * Tom McCaughren (Security Correspondent) * Una Claffey (Political Correspondent) * Jim Dougal (Northern Editor) * Colm Connolly (Arts & Media Correspondent) * Joe O\'Brien (Agriculture, Food -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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EXTERNAL LINKS

* RTÉ News
RTÉ News
and Current Affairs website

* RTÉ Live * RTÉ News
RTÉ News
Now

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SERVICES

* RTÉ Radio * RTÉ Television

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