Thursday September 24, 2020

RTE faces challenge of change

RTE television at 50 finds itself in a rapidly changing environment. But it believes that it can continue to carry out its role in Irish life, writes Noel Curran.

15th January, 2012
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Television remains viable and popular in the digital age. Photo: Thinkstock

For anyone interested in the future of television and indeed broadcasting in Ireland, 2012 has already provided rich viewing. The picture is one of sharp contrast. There is powerful evidence both of continuity and of looming, radical change.

The continuity is easiest to see. RTE Television has launched TV50, a celebration of the first half-century of Irish television broadcasting. Media and public interest has acknowledged the importance of television to the life of modern Ireland -...

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