TG4, the Irish language television channel is an independent statutory entity (Teilifís na Gaeilge). The channel has been on-air since late 1996.
TG4 invests over €20m annually in original Irish programming from the independent production sector in Ireland. This investment supports 350 posts in small private sector companies throughout the island.
The channel provides a daily programme schedule in Irish for children and young people. Both the Cúla4 zones and the Ponc strands for young adults provide a wide range of entertaining and top-quality content in Irish and represent an attractive and entertaining daily point of contact with Irish in a context that is totally different to school.
TG4 is the most positive and high-profile Government policy for the Irish language for the past fifty years. The project has received the support of all parties and Governments since 1992.
The Government is providing current funding of €32.75m to TG4 for 2014. TG4 also derives income from selling commercial air-time and programme sponsorship. TG4 is acknowledged as one of the most efficient and cost effective television stations in Europe.
The channel’s schedule – and its news service in particular – ensures a space for the non-centrist perspective and for emerging talent.
TG4’s Irish language output is available world-wide on the TG4 Player www.tg4.tv which provides a live stream of the TV output as well as an archive of the channel’s recently broadcast Irish language programmes.
TG4 is a public service broadcaster. The functions and duties of TG4 (Teilifís na Gaeilge) are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009. The entity has a twelve member board, currently chaired by Siún Ní Raghallaigh. TG4 receives a programme supply of 365 hours of Irish language programming annually from RTÉ, at no cost to TG4, as specified in the Broadcasting Act 2009.
TG4 has premiere exclusive live TV rights for a number of top GAA competitions including the National Leagues, Minor and Under 21 and Club Championships in hurling, football and Ladies Gaelic Football, extensive rugby rights including live rights for the Guinness Pro12 league and highlights from the Europeans Champions and Challenge Cups, live coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships and of the Tour de France.
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