timeline Tommy’s TV through Time 1960s 1961

Tommy’s TV through Time

1961                          1962                           1964                             1968
On 31st December Telefís      ‘The Late Late Show’ firsts    ‘Telefís Scoile’, a television   First broadcasts in colour
Éireann broadcasts for the    broadcast on 6th July. It is   programme for schools            began but it took another
first time. President Eamon   now the world’s longest        began on 4th February.           5 years before colour
de Valera was the first       running TV chatshow.           It covered maths, science        programmes were shown
person to address the                                        and literature                   regularly.
Tommy’s TV through Time

        1970                          1978                         1979
        Ireland wins the Eurovision   RTÉ launches 2nd channel     Pope John Paul II visits
        Song Contest with the song    – RTÉ 2 – on 2nd November.   Ireland on 29th September.
        “All Kinds of Everything”
        by Dana.
Tommy’s TV through Time

        1982                          1986                          1987
        Sony demonstrate high-        Dempsey’s Den began on        RTÉ launches Aertel – their
        definition TV at a European   RTÉ 2 on 29th September       teletext service – on 22nd
        Union Broadcasting            starring Ian Dempsey, Zig &   June.
        Conference in Killarney.      Zag and their dog Zuppy.
Tommy’s TV through Time

1996                         1996                           1998                        1999
RTÉ goes online on 24th      Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG)     TV3 launched in September   Gay Byrne presents his last
May and includes the first   goes on-air on 31st October.   (20th) – Ireland’s first    ‘Late Late Show’ on 21st
webcast of ‘The Late Late    It is later renamed TG4.       commercial national         May.
Show’.                                                      channel.
Tommy’s TV through Time
21st Century

2007                       2009                      2010                  2011                    2012
First HDTV broadcast for   RTÉ Player, a new         The Den is replaced   SAORVIEW, Ireland’s     The analogue signal
terrestrial TV when RTÉ    online catch-up           by two new brands -   first free digital TV   will be switched off on
covered the Leinster       service, is launched on   TRTÉ and RTÉjr.       service was launched    24th October ending
football Final between     24th September.                                 by Minister Pat         over 50 years of
Dublin and Laois.                                                          Rabbitte on 26th        analogue broadcasting
                                                                           May 2011.               in Ireland.

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