The international spotlight was on Tyrone last week when Ireland’s first international channel Irish TV, headquartered in Donaghmore, launched its autumn season featuring over 1,000 hours of home-produced programming.
A suite of new hosts were unveiled at The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, August 26, by head of broadcast and Donaghmore native Malachi Cush, including Tyrone author Emma Heatherington and Dungannon sisters Donna and Anita Ross.
Novelist Emma Heatherington will present Storytime, a new educational children’s series which sees the acclaimed author share some of her favourite childhood stories.
Emma will read Irish folklore tales, to a captivated studio audience of children from Donaghmore County and St Patrick’s primary schools in Dungannon.
The Ross sisters will present new lifestyle programme, The Fashion Sisters, which is dedicated to the latest fashion trends, beauty tips and style inspiration.
Anita and Donna, who own the fashion boutique The Boudoir in Dungannon, will visit boutiques from across Ireland and the UK selecting key pieces from the high street to ensure their viewers stand out from the crowd.
Other presenters include Ulster’s country music sensation Lisa McHugh, Armagh stage hypnotist Adrian Knight, journalist Dave Kenny and celebrity chef, Paul Treyvaud.
Over 40 new programmes will be delivered every week on local and international channel Irish TV, which commenced broadcasting in May.
Country music legends Foster and Allen will be linking in with current artists such as X Factor winner Shayne Ward on their new weekly show.
They accepted an ice bucket challenge from Ward, which was poured over their heads on the steps of The Shelbourne by Lisa McHugh and Clodagh Higgins, wide of One Direction Tour Manager Paul Higgins.
On the Road with Lisa will see one of Ireland’s biggest female artists Lisa McHugh, take country’s musical legends out of their comfort zones as they learn a series of new skills.
Viewers will see Lisa tackling fishing with Nathan Carter, getting a hole in one with Daniel O’Donnell and greyhound training with Jimmy Buckley.
“It has been a very exciting year for Irish TV as we have watched our programming and viewership grow since our launch in May,” said Head of Broadcast Malachi Cush.
With such an exciting and extensive line up planned, why wouldn’t you tune in!