Donaghmore is to be the northern base for an International TV channel, with the creation of 12 jobs.
IrishTV is expected to start production on May 1 this year. The 30 jobs form part of a total 150 jobs to be created across Ireland, north and south.
While 12 jobs are expected to be created at IrishTV’s Northern Ireland headquarters in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, an additional three jobs will be created in production, presentation and commercial positions in each of the six counties of the north.
From Thursday 1st May IrishTV will broadcast across the UK, Ireland and Europe on Sky Channel 191, and Freesat and, in the US, on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Broadcasting 24 hours a day, the all-Ireland channel will feature 50 unique home-produced programmes a week, with original content each night from 6-12pm. Each of the 32 counties in Ireland will have its own half-hour ‘County Matters’ show one a week.
IrishTV will be managed in Northern Ireland by well-known media personality Malachi Cush.
The NI region, managed by Mr Cush, is the most advanced in terms of programming output for IrishTV, with a dedicated children’s programme, traditional Irish/Ulster Scots music programme and fashion segment being filmed and developed from the regional IrishTV office in Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone.
Speaking at the jobs announcement, Mr Cush said the new channel will focus on connecting people to their locality; aiming to shine a light on rural Ireland north and south and bring the real essence of life on the island of Ireland to a global audience.
“IrishTV is going to provide an exciting new platform on which to profile all that is good about visiting, living and working in Northern Ireland and through the ‘County Matters’ shows, the six counties of the north will have the opportunity to showcase themselves to a global audience,” he said.
Mr Cush continued: “The theme of the ‘County Matters’ shows is simple – rural life in Ireland north and south is unique, with its own cultures, traditions and events. At the heart of these events are people, and wherever people gather, we’ll be there. So whether you’re from Antrim or Armagh, Cork or Clare, there is at least half an hour’s worth of programming a week bringing your local area to you, wherever you are in the world.
“In Tyrone we have already filmed programmes in Omagh, Dungannon and Donaghmore and have just finished filming a children’s programme, ‘Story-time’, which features three local primary schools – St Patrick’s Dungannon, County Primary Donaghmore and St Patrick’s Donaghmore. We will also soon be filming a new comedy series written by Tyrone playwright Brian McMahon.”
Founded by County Mayo entrepreneurs, Pierce O’Reilly and Mairead Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, the €15 million project will also have an online service available across all devices on IrishTV.com.
IrishTV’s Chairman and investor is Mayo-born, London based multi-millionaire, John Griffin, who recently sold the UK’s largest minicab service, Addison Lee for €360 million. Mr Griffin entered the Irish rich list at number 37 this year and is regarded as one of the most successful business people in the UK and Ireland.