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  • Steven
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    So this has all been fairly quiet recently. Can anybody throw any more light on what’s going on with this bulletin? I personally am very interested and think it’s potentially a very exciting development (to be eclipsed in January when Sky start providing content for 5 News).

    Ray Kennedy, recruited as part of the team, has done a report today. What about the other reporters, are they now on board? Indeed, have they finished their previous roles? Is the dublin bereau up and running? How do the current Ireland Correspondents and the Belfast bereau fit into the grand scheme of things? And when do we get tot see this show?

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    Virtually all of the reporters are now on board and out and about at news events, going back to base, editing up packages etc, even though they’re not actually going to air. The only exception may be Brian Daly who was still on-air on TV3 news up to last Friday anyway. I also heard that TV3 have invoked Grainne Seoige’s non-performance clause – this was a clause in her contract that on leaving TV3 she would not work for another broadcast media organisation for a specified time period. The rumours vary from 2 to 6 months on what it is. Anyway I don’t know how that’ll effect Sky’s plans. Being honest they’ve been swopping and changing everything anyway – we now know there will be three dedicated Irish bulletins daily – either 5pm, 7pm, 10pm or 12:30pm, 7pm and 9:30 pm as I say it’s all very chopping and changing. Latest date I heard for air was early May but that has slowly progressed to that from mid March which was the original date being aimed for.

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    Stevo
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    I also heard that TV3 have invoked Grainne Seoige’s non-performance clause – this was a clause in her contract that on leaving TV3 she would not work for another broadcast media organisation for a specified time period.

    I?d say that TV3 are not very impressed by the forthcoming Sky News Irish bulletins, so are making life hard for Gr?inne. TV3 even stopped her last scheduled appearance reading the news, so she didn?t get to say a public goodbye. ? The fact that after poaching Gr?inne Seoige, Sky News came back to TV3 and nicked Brian Daly and Jerome Hughes probably didn?t help matters either! I?m sure TV3 saw it as a revenge attack of some sort on them by Sky. (The bosses of TV3 having been very critical of Sky?s operations in Ireland, as they are not regulated in Ireland. With TV3 claiming that Sky doesn?t play by the same rules as TV3 and RT? have to, and have even sought help from the Irish Government in changing this situation, claiming that Sky are taking money out of Ireland and are putting nothing back.) So the Gr?inne Seoige situation seems like sour grapes to me.

    Maybe Sky News should schedule their Irish news bulletins for 6.30pm and 11.00pm and go up against the main TV3 news bulletins, just for the craic!

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    Johnnie
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    Sky have announced its newsgathering team.

    News Editor Joe Walsh and Deputy News Editor Sally O’Herlihy will be responsible for the news output of Sky News Ireland?s evening bulletins, anchored by Gr?inne Seoige.

    Prior to joining Sky News Ireland Joe Walsh produced The Last Word for Today FM. Before moving to Today FM in 2003 he produced and edited the Breakfast Show with David McWilliams on Newstalk106.

    Joe began his broadcast career at TV3 in 1999 where he produced TV3?s breakfast programme, Ireland AM. Joe began his career as a journalist as a freelance reporter in Kilkenny before joining the Echo Group in Wexford as a staff reporter. Educated in Kilkenny, Joe graduated from University College Dublin with a BA Special in Politics and Economics and an MA in Comparative Political Systems.

    Sally began her career in broadcast journalism on Today FM?s The Last Word, and moved rapidly from researcher to senior researcher to assistant producer. In between she spent a spell in Scotland as a News presenter and reporter on Grampian Television, and worked as a producer on The Sunday Business Show on Today FM.

    A postgraduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology where she completed an MA in Film Production, Sally graduated from Dublin City University with a BA in Communication Studies.

    Sally is a keen swimmer and has been national Irish Swimming Champion on nine occasions, and Captain of the Irish National Swimming team.

    Sky News Ireland?s evening bulletins will launch in late spring

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    Will we see a dedicated section for Ireland in this forum, similar to the Australia section?

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    Johnnie
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    Will we see a dedicated section for Ireland in this forum, similar to the Australia section?

    Maybe – there seems to be many members here from Ireland so it would probably be a good idea – Although the Ireland output is set to be only half-hour a day.

    I do have plans to make a Ireland section on the main part of the site like the Australia section…

    Just keep your eyes peel.

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    Stevo
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    Although the Ireland output is set to be only half-hour a day.

    Yeah, a couple of short bulletins are not really the same as a separate channel like the ‘Sky News Australia’ channel. However it would still be nice to see a special section to cater for the Irish Sky News fans that are here, as well as anyone else interested in the Sky News Ireland service.

    Just keep your eyes peel.

    Bring it on Johnnie!

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    This appeared on Saturdays (10-4-2004) Dublin Evening Herald:Have a good read of it the main points are highlighted

    Sky News Ireland will not be going head-to-head with rivals RTE and TV3 when it launches its new service next month.

    It was initally believed that the sky bulletins would compete directly with the established Irish channels. However it has emerged it is to broadcast daily 30 minute slots at 7pm and 10pm instead.The timing avoids clashes with RTE and TV3’S main weekday news services.

    RTE broadcasts its news bulletins at 1PM, 6PM and 9PM. TV3 broadcasts its news at 5.30PM, 6.30PM AND 11PM.

    Former TV3 news anchor grainne Seoige will present the bulletins which will feature Irish News and Sport.

    The Irish weather forecast will be beamed from the UK however, but it will be presented by Irish girl Lisa Burke, who has already made a name of herself on the stations British broadcasts. Studio rehersals for the new Irish bulletins are to begin next week, with technicians working on lighting and cameras to ensure everything looks slick when the service is launched on May 8th.“Everybody will be getting used to the systems that will be in place so that it all runs smoothly from the beginning.” said a source.

    The sky journalists will be filming and editing their own stories and have been training in the various techniques for a few weeks now.

    RTE still boasts higher news ratings than SKY or TV3, but the Irish Sky bulletins will be available to more than two thirds of all households via cable/MMDS or satelite.

    The Irish studio will be based in Dublin City Centre, and will be able to take advantage of a network of correspondants around the world.

    So that clears up a few things. I know theres controversy because reports over here suggests Bertie Ahern will unveil the new service this month.

    Sure who knows what will happen

    By the way I’M tom It’s my first time by Sky News is with out a doubt the no.1 news channel.

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    Great info, thanks…..at last we are seeing some movement

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    Yep, great to hear that some dates & times have been announced, lookin’ forward to the launch now.

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    Johnnie
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    The Irish bulltins are set to go live on Monday 10th May 2004 – 7pm and 10pm.

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