TV viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to watch TG4 and RTÉ One and Two on Freeview following digital TV switchover, the UK Government confirmed today.
RTÉ and Irish language broadcaster TG4 have formed a not-for-profit venture which will be responsible for the installation of the new infrastructure. Freeview delivery of these channels will be supplemented by overspill coverage from DTT platform Saorview.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said:"I'm delighted that the digital future for TG4, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two in Northern Ireland is now strengthened and secure. Today's announcement is good news for viewers and continues our delivery on commitments set out in the Good Friday agreement."
Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, said: "This announcement means that from analogue switch-off on 24 October, over 90% of viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to receive TG4 and the two primary RTÉ channels in digital on the Freeview service or by way of the overspill from the Saorview service. It is a hugely positive result in terms of practical cooperation resulting from the Good Friday Agreement."
Digital switchover completes in Northern Ireland on 24th October 2012. It is intended that the new multiplex will be launched at the same time.
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