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TG4
TG4 logo
Launched 31 October 1996
Owned by Teilifís na Gaeilge
Audience share 2.67% (31/12/2009, [1])
Slogan Súil Eile. (another view). The more you watch, the more you see. Fan go bhfeice tú. (Wait until you see)
Country  Ireland
Formerly called Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG)
(1996-1999)
Website www.tg4.ie
Availability
Terrestrial
Irish analogue Normally tuned to 4 but also: 6 historical openings of NI and ROI channels, or 8 depending on preference
Irish digital Mux 1
Satellite
SCTV Digital channel 104
Sky Digital channel 104 (ROI)
channel 163 (NI)
Cable
UPC Ireland channel 104
Virgin Media (UK) channel 877 (NI only)
IPTV
Magnet Entertainment channel 104
Smart Vision  ?

TG4 (Irish: TG Ceathair or TG a Ceathair; pronounced [tiː dʒiː kʲahəɾʲ]) is a public service broadcaster for Irish-language speakers. The channel has been on-air since October 31, 1996 in the Republic of Ireland and since April 2005 in Northern Ireland.

TG4 was formerly known as Teilifís na Gaeilge or TnaG, before a rebranding campaign in 1999. TG4 was the third national station to be launched in Ireland; after RTÉ One in 1961 (as Teilifís Éireann) and RTÉ Two in 1978, and was followed by TV3 in 1998. The channel has 800,000 viewers who tune into the channel each day to view a broad programming policy. It has a share of 3% of the national television market. The daily Irish language programme schedule is its core service: seven hours of innovative quality programming in Irish supported by a wide range of material in other languages such as French, Polish and English.

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History

In 1969 Lelia Doolan, Jack Dowling and Bob Quinn published Sit down and Be Counted, it outlined their campaign for a separate Irish Language Television service. Bob Quinn is a well known maverick film director, who often produced many documentaries and fiction films through the Irish Language on limited budgets including the first Irish Language film Poitín starring Niall Tóibín, Cyril Cusack and Donal McCann.[1]

The writers of Sit Down and Be Counted proposed small temporary buildings for Gaeltacht regional television services broadcasting a limited number of hours each night with programming coming from each of the Gealtacht regions around the country.[1]

RTÉ and the Irish government had sought to improve the availability of Irish Language programming on RTÉ services. In 1972 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (RnaG) was set up to provide Irish Language radio services across the country. All radio and television services provided by RTÉ provided some Irish language programming.

In 1980 a new group called Coiste ar son Teilifis Gaeltas (The Committee for Irish Language Teleivision) was set up and in 1987 after years of delays (including the sudden death of their technician who was to build the transmitter) they set up the pirate TV station Telefís na Gaeltachta. 18 hours of live and pre-recorded programming was broadcast between November 2 and 5, 1987. The transmitter was build with donations from local Gaeltacht communities, and was built for IR£4,000. In December 1988 further broadcasts were made from 3 different sights broadcasting prerecorded programming.[1]

In 1988 as part of RTÉ's branding of RTÉ Two as Network 2 they provided some Irish language children's programming on The Den such as Boilí and Echo Island, with a current affairs programme Cursaí airing each night at 7pm. RTÉ during the 1990s would suggest the use of RTÉ TWO's prime time schedule for Irish language programming. The movement for an national Irish Language TV service was gaining momentum. However this amounted to only 5% of the total programming broadcast by RTÉ, and was reduced significantly during the summer months.[1]

In 1989 Ciaran O' Finneadh one of the members of Coiste ar son Teilifis Gealtas moved to Dublin and set up a similar organisation in the capital called Feachtas Naisiunta Teilifise (FTN). FTN outlined their demands: -

  • A TV station to be set up in the Gaeltacht regions serving the Gaeltacht and Irish speakers across the country.
  • It should be linked to RTÉ but independent form both editorial and organisational points of view.
  • A special authority set up to run it with representatives from RTÉ, the Department of Communications and Údarás na Gaeltachta.[1]
An Post stamp for the tenth anniversary of TG4

It was also suggested that the cap on advertising on RTÉ be removed and the additional funds be designated for the new services. Ray Burke had capped the advertising minutes on RTÉ a few years previously. Hence no cost to the Exchequer, funding would also come from the National Lottery and the television Licence.[1]

FTN suggested 2 hours of programming each day with the rest of the broadcast hours used for Open University type programming.[1]

On the Air

The total cost in establishing the transmission and links networks and the construction of the station's headquarters in the Connemara Gaeltacht was £16.1 million. Annual running costs increased from £10.2 million in 1996 to £16 million in 2001 and Euro 30 million in 2006.

TnaG Logo 1996 to 1999 at launch

Within less than six months of the launch of Teilifís na Gaeilge, almost 65% of the Republic's television sets were able to receive the channel and the nightly audience reach had risen to 250,000 viewers. Three months later, in May 1997, independent research revealed that the station was able to attract audiences of 500,000, i.e. 68% of sets in the Republic, for at least one hour's viewing per week.

Very significant assistance in non-monetary terms comes from RTÉ which is annually required to provide over 360 hours of programming at no cost to TG4 It wasn't until 1996 that TnaG would be on air, their aim initially was to show one hour of Irish language programming each night, increasing to two hours by 1999.

Initial criticisms of the planned station came from journalist Kevin Myers who derided TnaG as a white elephant and called it 'Telefís De Lorean', in a reference to the ill-fated DeLorean Motor Company[2].

TG4 became an independent statutory entity on 1 April 2007 (Teilifís na Gaeilge)[3]. In July 2007, TG4 was accepted as a new member of the European Broadcasting Union. In 2008 TG4 became a founding member of World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Network or WITBN, other member's include S4C, BBC Alba, Māori Television, Te Reo (TV), NRK Sámi Radio, SABC, TITV, PTS, APTN and NITV [4]

On 12 July 2009 the Broadcasting Act 2009 was signed into law. Much of the provisions of this Act relating to RTÉ also apply to TG4, with the station being subject to regulation from the new Broadcasting Authority of Ireland once the relevant provisions are commenced. The act also changes the English language title of the Chief Executive of TG4 to "Director-General" in line with RTÉ.

Operation

The daily Irish-language programme schedule is its central service, broadcasting approximately 2.5 hours a day of 'First Showing' Irish-language programming, together with an estimated 2.5 hours a day of Irish-language programmes repeats. RTÉ supplies TG4 with 1 hour a day of all 'First Showing' Irish- language programming. The remainder of the TG4 schedule is made up of English-language acquired programmes from the USA (such as Nip/Tuck and The O.C.). On 1 April 2007, coinciding with its independence from RTÉ, TG4 changed its overnight sustaining service from Euronews, which it had previously relayed for some years, to France 24. RTÉ channels relay Euronews still.

Operating as a publisher and broadcaster, TG4 annually invests up to €20m in original indigenous programming from the independent production sector in Ireland. The Irish-language soap opera Ros na Rún is one of its most popular programmes, and it also commissions a number of documentaries.

On 1 April 2007, Teilifís na Gaeilge became an independent statutory corporation, with former Gaelic Athletic Association president Peter Quinn becoming first chairperson of the corporation. The other members appointed to the authority were Joe Connolly, Padraig MacDonnacha, Eilís Ní Chonghaile, Méabh Mhic Ghairbheith, Méadhbh Nic an Airchinnigh, Bríd Ní Neachtáin, Feargal Ó Sé, and Regina Culliton.[5]

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Budget

The Teilifís na Gaeilge authority received a budget of 38m Euro for 2008. The Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources reduced their budget from the exchequer to 35m for 2009.[6].

Direct Funding Indirect Funding from RTE Funding from Sound & Vision NI Broadcast Fund Total Funding
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In 2007 TG4 earned €3,596,000 in advertising revenue and had state funding of €24,914,000. They spent €17,716,000 on programming.[7]

In 2006 TG4 spent €15,469,000 on commissioned programming and €7.5million on acquired shows. The acquired shows consist mainly of Children's programmes which are dubbed into Irish.[8].

The table below outlines TG4's commissioned programming by genre in 2006:-

Genre Budget Hours
Ros na Rún €3,446,000 36
Documentaries €1,924,000 60
Sport €3,828,000 283
Drama €2,418,000 25
Music €1,378,000 63
Entertainment €1,391,000 60
Travel €267,000 4
Studio €438,000 66
Total €15,469,000 597

RTÉ provide TG4 with their news service Nuacht TG4. Independent producers (with the backing of TG4) apply for the BCI's Sound and Vision Fund. The Irish Language Broadcasting Fund (ILBF) also provides some funding to programmes made for the channel, the fund is administered by Northern Ireland Screen.

Ratings

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TG4 has a 2.7-3% share of the Irish television market with an average daily viewership of 730,000.

On Saint Patrick's Day 2009, live coverage of the All-Ireland Finals in the AIB Club Championships on TG4 achieved very high audience ratings for the channel. The viewing figures reveal that 25% of all viewers to television during the afternoon of St Patrick's Day were tuned into TG4. Over 1.1m viewers tuned on TG4 during the day, giving it an overall 8.2% national daily share and placing it in third place in the national daily viewing table for the first time ever.[9] Other major ratings successes for the channel include the All Ireland Ladies Football Final with 21% of all viewers tuned to that broadcast. The series of Westerns have also proven hugely popular with audiences.

TG4 provide their viewing figures each week on there website. As they only give the last two weeks of shows it is hard to find a constant reference for their viewing figures. Currently TG4's top 10 programmes range from 40,000 to 100,000 viewers, but their top show can be has high as 250,000, like other television services they reach their highest viewing figures with sporting events.[10]

Some of the most popular programmes included: Glór Tíre (Country and Western reality Competition) - 90-110,000, Rásaí na Gaillimhe (political comedy drama), Ros na Rún (soap), GAA Beo (GAA sport)- 50-100,000, Fíorscéal, Cogar (documentary), Seacht (university drama), Nuacht TG4 (news), 7 Lá (weekly review), Paisean Faisean (dating programme), Feirm Factor (reality tv), An Jig Gig. All of which have had an audience search of between 3% to 12% of the total viewing audience, or 40,000 to 100,000 viewers.[10]

Programming

TG4 has nurtured a reputation for innovative programming in film, arts, drama, documentaries, and sports. Much of TG4's programming is subtitled in English. The station has a teletext service called Téacs TG4.

Imported programming

TG4 broadcast popular US imports such as Nip/Tuck, Carnivàle, Gossip Girl, The Wire, America's Next Top Model, The O.C., Oz, One Tree Hill, Lipstick Jungle, Everwood, Survivor, Invasion and Curb Your Enthusiasm before other mainstream European channels.

News and current affairs

All of TG4's News and Current Affairs programming is provided by RTÉ free of charge to the channel. In 1996 Nuacht TnaG started broadcasting from the TnaG Newsrooms in Baile na hAbhann. From 13 July 2009 all television broadcasts of Nuacht RTÉ broadcast from the Baile na hAbhann studios.[11] The main news anchor for Nuacht RTÉ is Siun Nic Gearailt who had been the main news anchor for TG4 from 2002 to 2004 before moving to RTÉ [12].

Nuacht TnaG initially was broadcast at 10pm each night, later moving to 8pm and finally to 7 pm where it currently remains. From 1996 to 1998 Gráinne Seoige was the main news anchor for the channel, in 1998 she moved to TV3 to launch their main evening news where she remained until 2004. In 1998 Ailbhe Ó Monachain became TG4's main news anchor. With the rebranding of TnaG as TG4 the news service also renamed as Nuacht TG4. In 2004 Eimear Ní Chonaola became TG4's main news anchor.

Each Wednesday Night Páidí Ó Lionáird hosts their Current Affairs flagship show 7 Lá (7 Days), the name derives from RTÉ's original Current Affairs programme 7 Days. Every Sunday night Eimear Ní Chonaola presents Timpeall na Tíre, a round up of all the major stories of the week.

During the summer months they provide Féilte presented by Sinéad Ní Loideáin and Bríd Richardson. It takes a similar format to RTÉ's Nationwide, reporting on Festivals around Ireland during the summer months.

TG4 provides live coverage of Dáil Éireann each Wednesday and Thursday morning; as well as live coverage of the proceedings of key Dáil Committees from time to time.

TG4 has also provided coverage of the 1997, 2002 and 2007 General Elections, coverage of European and Local Elections 2004 and 2009 and coverage of the 2009 Budgets, and coverage of Údarás na Gaeltachta elections.

Sports

Since it began broadcasting TG4 has had a strong focus on sports programming. TG4 sponsor Ladies' Gealic Football's All Ireland Competition under the name TG4 Ladies Football All Ireland Championships (Craobhacha TG4 i bPeil Na mBan). They have provide live coverage of the Men's Gealic Football League and round up of the GAA Men's Football/Hurling Championship during the summer months with their GAA round up programme called GAA 2009. Each Friday Seó Spóirt broadcasts a round up of the weeks sporting news with a selected panel, it is hosted by Dara Ó Cinnéide. They also provide live coverage of Tour de France and Wimbledon championships. They previously had rights to show Magner's Rugby League, but the Irish rights have since been sold to Setanta Sports.

TG4 hold rights to League of Ireland with RTÉ and Setanta Sports.

Many of the sports that TG4 provide coverage to are sporting events that other Irish Broadcasters would not usually be interested in, they have gained a reputation for providing coverage to minority sporting events and repeat coverage to Rugby and Gaelic games under their programming strand Rugby Gold and GAA Gold, showing highlights of classic games from the archives.

TG4 broadcast exclusive Irish coverage of the Wimbledon championships tennis tournament and Tour de France French cycling. The channel extensively covers Irish sports, such as the secondary Gaelic football and hurling competitions and club championships, and women's Gaelic football (formerly it also broadcast Celtic League rugby). These are events which generally do not appeal to a mass audience, but have a reasonably loyal following. In 2009 TG4 won back the rights for Celtic League rugby with RTÉ as a sister broadcaster of the games.

Entertainment

Since its inception TG4 has provided a huge number of light entertainment programming to its Irish speaking audience, such as the chat show Ardán and the fashion/dating show Paisean Faisean.

Cleamhas translated Matchmaker was TG4 first attempt at a blind date type of show. Cleamhas was presented by Seán Bán Breathnach and later by Páidí Ó Lionáird. In Cleamhas the audience would be introduced to the contestant looking for love and then to one of their parents (generally the father of a male contestant and the mother of a female contestant), then the audience are introduced to three suitors. The father or the mother would then ask the suitors various questions about how they would treat their son or daughter, the presenter would then go into the audience to talk to the suitor's friends. It would then be up to the mother or father to choose which suitor would go on a blind date with their son or daughter. This show ran for a number of years and was eventually replaced by Paisean Faisean where three boys/men select clothes for a girl, she would then choose the boy, based on the clothes that they picked for her; this show was presented in the first three series by Aoife Ní Thuairisg, and in the fourth series by Blathnáid Nic Dhonnacha and Máiread Ni Chuaig, Máiread was replaced in 2008 by Síle Seoige. Eochair An Ghrá (Key to the Heart) started airing in 2008 and is similar in format to MTV's Room Raiders.

In 1996 TG4 aired Hollywood Anocht (Hollywood Tonight) a movie show presented by Síle Seoige. O Bun Go Barr (From Top to Bottom), which is now known as POP 4 and is presented by Eoghan Mac Diarmada, and is Ireland's only Top 40 Countdown Chart show, it also acts as a chart request show and a launch pad for new and up coming Irish bands.

In 2004 TG4 launched a new strand of programming called Síle it is presented by Síle Ní Bhraonáin, it runs from 5:30pm to 7:00pm each weeknight and is similar in format to RTÉ's Two Tube. On 24 September 2007, TG4 began broadcasting South Park in Irish, on Síle, with the more adult content removed but also made available on Saturday nights.

The also had a number of quiz shows including 90 Seconds.

Reality television

SÓS (the Irish for break, and the use of a pun S.O.S) was one of TG4s early attempts at Reality TV. It follow a group of contestants in the blenkness of the Connemara landscape, left with nothing and to fend for themselves. It was a TV version of Gay Byrne's radio experiment from the 1980s.

Ní Gaelgoir Mé was TG4 version of S4C successful show, getting celebs to learn Irish for a week. It was presented by Aoife Ní Thuairisg.

In 2003 TG4 launched their search of Ireland's next top country and western singer. Glór Tíre is now into its 6th successful season on the channel, often landing the top spot on their top ten shows, it has an audience of 100,000 viewers.

In 2008 TG4 launched their search for the best farmer in Ireland. Feirm Factor had 12 farmers competing with each other to see who was the best, the Judging panel consisted of Maura Derrane (Former Ireland AM presenter), Alan Dukes (Former Minister for Agriculture) and Seán O Lionaird (Dairy farmer from Cork). The second series of Feirm Factor begins in January 2010.

Underdogs search for the best amateur football team from groups of men and women with no previous experience in Minor or Senior GAA football. The judging panel consisted of Geraldine Feerick, Jarlath Burns and Éamon Ó Muircheartaigh.

RTÉ commissioned 2 reality talent shows for the channel from Adare Productions. Glas Vegas has a similar format to America's Got Talent and The All Ireland Talent Show, while Nollig No. 1 has a similar format to You're a Star as the judges search for a Christmas number one single. The 2008 winner was Mary Lee, she relaease the single "You'll Never Walk Alone", with the chorus as Geilge[13]. In September 2009 another series from the same stable began the search for Ireland's best Irish dancing act, entitled An Jig Gig. The winners of this seres were Irish Beats [14]. A forth season of Glas Vegas will begin in January 2010.

TG4 have broadcast all series of the American version of Survivor with an Irish language voice over.

Drama

Ros na Rún is TG4's long running soap opera, it broadcast for 35 weeks of the year with 2 episodes each week. It is now in its 12th season on the channel. It airs Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30pm GMT, with an omnibus edition at 10:30pm GMT each Sunday night.

TG4 have also supported may Irish filmmakers with their Lasair short film programme fund.

In 2007 TG4 won major critical acclaim for their political satirical comedy The Running Mate and Seacht which follows the lives of seven college students in Belfast

In the early years they also gain critical acclaim for CU Burn a comedy series about a Donegal undertaker and Glenn Ceo a comedy about a small town Garda station in Donegal. Their new drama series Rásaí na Gaillimhe (part funded by the BAI's Sound and Vision Fund) has been a major hit for the channel, becoming their second most popular show just after Glór Tíre, it is set during the week of the Galway Races, it is a drama-comedy starring, Don Wycherley, Ruth Bradley and Owen Roe.

TG4 begin their first supernatural thriller on the 13th of January 2010. Na Cloigne (heads) is set in contemporary Ireland and revolves around a young couple (Nuala and Séan). Nuala is an artist with supernatural powers connecting her to the Otherworld and is faced with an adulterous boyfriend. Soon two young women Séan brings home for a nightcap are found dead.[15]

Children's TV

In 1996 TnaG started its children's programming under the strand Cullabulla (taken from Hiberno-English). Since then they have renamed and extended the strand as Cula4. It is currently presented by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill. Cúla4 runs from 2:30pm to 5:30pm each weekday. They also have a preschool strand called Cúla4 Na nÓg, which runs from 7am to 9am each weekday morning.

Factual

It also actively commissions documentaries such as the acclaimed and popular Amú series of travel programmes which launched the career of Hector Ó hEochagáin, one of a number of TG4 presenters who have gone on to success at other channels. Others include newsreader Gráinne Seoige. As many of these programs are subtitled in English, they are often popular with recent immigrant populations, who find spoken English very fast on Irish produced television, as well as native Irish speakers.

They dub the a French-Canadian documentary series under the name Fior Scéal. Nello was another well received travel show looking at live in middle America.

They have a documentary strand called Cogar. Ealú (Escape) which looked at prison escapes around Ireland. They repeat the RTÉ shows Leargas (a new magazine show) and Scannal (reports on scandals that hit Ireland).

Film

TG4 frequently shows classic films in English, such as Westerns under the strand An Western; as well as films in other languages - in particular French, German and Spanish under their strand Le Film. Both of these strands have been highly successful for the channel with An Western often gaining over 100,000 viewers.

TG4 also show more main stream films, such as Batman Begins, The Island and other blockbusters. They were the first channel to broadcast in full Stanley Kubrick's classic A Clockwork Orange, a season of Kubrick's films followed including the Network TV Premiere of Eyes Wide Shut.

TG4 Beo

In June 2006, the station began online simulcasts of most of their content, available at tg4.tv. Certain content is blacked out for rights reasons. Winner Best Broadband Application at the Golden Spider Awards 2006. In Feburary of 2010 www.tg4.tv saw relaunched as TG4 Beo. It provides a live service over the internet of TG4 programmes, with blocks for international viewers and advertising. The new service is provided though Flash video rather than Windows Media Player.

TG4 Prime time schedule 2009/2010

The following schedule was announced by TG4 in September 2009, it is here purely to provide an idea of the type of schedule that TG4 provides during the year.

Movies are in red;comedies are in green, dramas are in dark green; reality shows are in yellow; game shows are in orange; news programming is in brown; Chat shows are in purple; Feature programming is inlight green; Documentaries are in grey

6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm 10:00pm 10:30pm 11:00pm
Monday Ponc includes Pop4, 8 Simple Rules, Pimp My Ride and Aifric Nuacht TG4 Comhrá GAA 2009/2010 Lip Stick Jungle Survivor: Tocantins Ceart ‘s Coir
Tuesday 7 Lá Cogar Ros na Rún Scannán na Seachtaine /Movie An Jig Gig
Wednesday Luach ár Linne Amhráin is Ansa Liom / Stíl na Réalt Gossip Girl Rásaí Na Gaillimhe Glór Tíre Imeall
Thursday Seoda Ceol Daniel Ros na Rún Two and a Half Men An Bóthar go dtí an White House Ceart ‘s Coir Fíorscéal
Friday Seó Spóirt Cérbh É? Cowboys An Western/ Movie Le Film
Saturday Aingeal sa Chistin Bean an Tí Pop 4 Céad Seans Geantraí True Blood
Sunday Pop 4 An Jig Gig Cogar Cérbh É?
  • The schedule can be interrupted for sports during the week, Fridays see League of Ireland matches.
  • All of the Irish Language shows bar Nuacht TG4 have on screen subtitles.
  • Nuacht TG4 is provided by RTÉ News
  • TG4 provided three strands for younger viewers
    • Cúla 4 Na nÓg (Preschool programming)7am - 10am
    • Cúla 4 (6 - 12 year olds)3:30pm – 5:30pm
    • Ponc(Teenage/Young people) 5:30pm - 7pm
  • TG4's late night schedule consists of some TG4 repeats/archive material, US programmes and France 24, the English Language French 24 hour news service.

Children

Drama

On-air identity / Marketing

TG4's on screen identity has always been that of difference (Súil Eile, meaning another view). Its first idents were under their former name of TnaG. The music on TnaG's early ident sequences was produced by Irish composer Oisin Lunny. The opening sequence featured a number of Irish scenes from across the Island of Ireland including Belfast and Dublin, it finished with a light house, the light of which beamed the logo on to the screen. While the longer seqence went out at the beginning of each day and the end of the night, a shorter version went out before each programme. TnaG ran numerous marketing campaigns with this logo, their main features were the difference of the Irish, one ad featured Red Lemonade, the slogan used in English was "Because we're Different" followed by the well known Irish slogan "Súil Eile". Another marketing campaign featured the stars of the channel asking the question "What more do you look for from a station?", they would be based a various stations such as Train stations and Space stations.

In 1999 with the onset of Digital TV TnaG was rebranded as TG4 in order to strengthen the perception of the brand, from being niche Irish only language channel to mainstream actual 4th channel with Irish language programmes. The TG4 ident continued with the difference aspect of the channel, that provides an alternative view, the slogan 'Suil Eile' translates literally as 'other eyes' but is also a pun in Irish meaning 'a different view'. The logo takes the G from the orgninal logo, separtates it from the T and the T lost its celtic script look. The promotion of the channel from TnaG to TG4 was done with the use of a caterpillar growing into a butterfly. TG4 would now feature a DOG in the top right hand corner on all of TG4's programming, previously a TnaG DOG featured only on Oireachtas and QVC broadcasts. The idents from 1999 to 2004 featured various people playing or messing in the background of the screen before the logo appear with the words Súil Eile below the logo.

In 2004 numerous new Idents were developed for the station: Fairies, Bridge, Launderette, Cars, Wrestlers etc all feature on the new idents. TG4 promotions now feature the seasons Geimhreadh (Winter), Earrach (Spring), Samhair (Summer) and Fómhar (Autumn). The opening ad break ident states "Fan Linn" (wait with us) and the ad break ends with "Seo Linn" (here we are).

TG4 have won major national and international awards for their marketing campaigns: -

Campaign Name Award Year
Channel Television Advert - Seisiún Bronze Award EPICA 2008 and ICAD 2008
TV Advert - Mobs Mheiriceá Silver Award ICAD 2008
Station Ident - Female Warrior at the Washing Machine Bronze Award ICAD 2008
Peil na mBan - Print Ads Gold Medal Promax Europe 2008
Gold Medal - Promo Print Sharks International Awards 2008
Bronze Medal - Print Sharks International Awards 2008
Ros na Rún/Cold Case - Television Ads Gold Medal Promax Europe 2008
Ros na Rún/Cold Case - Best Film Promo Silver Medal Sharks International Awards 2008
Seacht Greenhorne Award Radio Advertising Awards 2008
Seacht Silver Medal - Radio Sharks International Awards 2008
Ros na Run/Without a Trace Silver Medal - Best Drama Promos Sharks International Awards 2007
Ros na Run/Cold Case Gold Medal - Best Drama Promos Sharks International Awards 2007
Ros na Run/Cold Case Silver Medal - Promos - Best Direction Sharks International Awards 2007
Ros na Run/Cold Case Gold Medal - Promos - Best Editing Sharks International Awards 2007
Ros na Run/Cold Case Silver Medal - Promos - Irish Broadcast Sharks International Awards 2007
Ros na Run/Niptuck Ad of the Month - October '07 Irish Marketing Journal - Creative Ad of the Month
Paisean Faisean Ad of the Decade Irish Language Awards
TG4/Department of An Gaeltacht Ad of the Decade Irish Language Awards
Nip/Tuck & Ros na Rún Bronze Medal ICAD 2007
Ulster says Níl Bronze Medal ICAD 2007
Paisean Faisean Commendation Promax Awards International 2007
Wimbledon Commendation Promax Awards International 2007
Poem Awarded Radio Advertising Awards

Gold Medal - Best Irish/American Drama Sharks International Awards 2006

Paisean Faisean Gold Medal Sharks International Awards 2007
Paisean Faisean Bronze Medal EPICA (European Awards)
Paisean Faisean Best of Category Radio Advertising Awards
Paisean Faisean Gold Medal Radio Advertising Awards
TG4 Outdoor Posters Bronze Award: ICAD Awards 2006
Paisean Faisean Bronze Medal - Best Promo ICAD 2005
Dearadh/Design Winner: Two Golden Bell Awards for a TG4 promo and a TG4 channel "ident" ICAD 2004

Northern Ireland

TG4 was originally only available in Northern Ireland via 'overspill' of the terrestrial signal from across the border. In the 1998 Belfast Agreement there was provision for TG4 (then TnaG) to be made available in Northern Ireland, along with increased recognition of the Irish language. Similarly, while TG4, along with the Republic's other terrestrial channels, is carried on Sky Digital there, it was not available to Sky subscribers in Northern Ireland until 18 April 2005, and on Cable until February 2007.

In March 2005, TG4 began broadcasting from the Divis transmitter near Belfast, as a result of agreement between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Northern Ireland Office. However, because of overcrowding on the frequency bands only a low power signal can be transmitted and reception is still unavailable in many areas, even in parts of Belfast. The channel is however available on cable and on to Sky satellite subscribers. It is hoped that the channel can eventually be made available on digital terrestrial services (Freeview) and Free to Air on satellite.

An Ofcom report, released in Nov 2007, seemed to confirm that TG4 will be carried on Freeview in the future. [2]

Main TG4 Analogue UHF Transmitters

Source: http://www.irish-tv.com/irishtrans.asp

Channel Location
23 Mount Leinster
31 Mullaghanish
33 Holywell Hill
50 Cairn Hill
55 Three Rock
59 Divis (Northern Ireland)
59 Kippure
63 Spur Hill
63 Truskmore
68 Clermont Carn
68 Maghera

See also

References

  • [1]
  • [2]
  • [3] Broadcasting Act 2009
  • "Irish Viewers to get a '6' Sense Soon." (9 February 2006). The Irish Independent Business section, p10
  1. ^ Major changes heralded in broadcasting as new laws enacted, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 2009-07-15, http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/Major+changes+heralded+in+broadcasting+as+new+laws+enacted.htm 
  2. ^ Minister Ryan discusses the Broadcasting Act, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources/Youtube.com, 2009-07-15, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQfnyu6JGs4 

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