Graham Norton on new UTV channel

Published Tuesday, 19 August 2014
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Graham Norton is heading up a star-studded line-up as UTV's newest channel reveals the entertainment shows it will have on offer from early next year.

Graham Norton on new UTV channel
Graham Norton joins the UTV Ireland line-up. (© Getty)

The Cork native's chat show will be broadcast on UTV Ireland, alongside other top programmes like The Jonathan Ross Show, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Mr Selfridge and I'm A Celeb...

Key additions to the channel's offerings were unveiled in Dublin on Tuesday - including broadcaster Pat Kenny joining the team.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said: "So what is UTV Ireland about?

"Well, we will have the best of entertainment, accessible and relevant news and current affairs and domestic programming that will reflect a modern Ireland.

"What we are revealing today are just a few of the highlights. It's a clear commitment to our viewers to deliver a high quality television channel for Ireland."

He added: "I believe UTV Ireland will have one of the strongest line-ups of programmes for a channel ever to launch in the Irish market.

"From the cobbles of Coronation Street, to comedy, drama and good old family entertainment, Irish viewers can look forward to seeing it all on UTV Ireland next year."

Graham Norton will be a very welcome face to UTV Ireland, bringing his unique brand of entertainment and humour and Jonathan Ross will also bring big name guests to the channel.

Michael Wilson, UTV Ireland

It has also been revealed that popular UTV series Rare Breed will be joining the programme line-up in the Republic, as will celebrity chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn from the Big Food Trip.

Meanwhile, Joe Mahon will be bringing viewers his Lesser Spotted Journeys from across Ireland.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale will, of course, be key prime-time viewing - while This Morning, Loose Women, Jeremy Kyle and The Chase will all feature during the day.

In terms of news, Ireland Live will bring viewers a half-hour early evening programme every weekday, while Ireland Live at Ten will provide an hour of news and current affairs on week nights.

Mary Curtis, Head of Channel, UTV Ireland said: "News and current affairs programming is a major part of UTV Ireland and something that UTV has always excelled in.

"We are putting significant investment behind UTV Ireland's news programming."

Alison Comyn was revealed over the weekend as one of the news anchors, while Pat Kenny joining the team was also announced at Tuesday's press conference.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc added: "A huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes - not only in Dublin but, all across the country.

"UTV Ireland will be a very strong platform for advertisers and our aim is to deliver a winning programme line-up for our audience."

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