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Introducing the Broadcasting Sustainability Network

WATCH the vision of the Network here.

The Broadcasting Sustainability Network was officially launched online today by Minister Catherine Martin and brings together the radio and television sector (including RTE), programme makers, and their supply chain associates with a view to fostering and supporting sustainability in broadcasting, instigating positive action across society, and to be a forum for collaboration and partnerships.

The Network was established by the BAI in late 2019, following consultation with the sector. A steering committee comprising of network representatives has been established to develop and support the network and includes: the BAI; RTÉ; TG4; Wireless Ltd; Communicorp; CRAOL; Flirt FM; Beat FM; Screen Producers Ireland; Screen Ireland; the Radio Kerry Group; and South East Radio.

A Roadmap has been developed to support individual organisations in the Broadcasting industry to develop their own sustainability plan, and secondly to create a collective approach to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Please find the Roadmap here.

True Crime Podcast ‘The Nobody Zone’ Returns

  • 9 weeks at no.1 in apple podcasts chart in Ireland
  • Most ever downloaded Irish podcast (limited series)
  • C.5 million listens worldwide

An RTÉ true crime podcast series continues this week as it explores one of Ireland’s first serial killer Kieran Patrick Kelly’s murders. A brand-new episode of The Nobody Zone, an original RTÉ podcast series, has just launched online with a final episode due next week. The Nobody Zone is the most downloaded Irish podcast (limited series) ever and has charted in the Apple Podcasts Top 10 in Ireland, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Recognised at home and abroad, New York Magazine has called it a ‘disquieting story’, the Irish Times a ‘slow burning global hit’, the Irish Independent called it ‘stranger than fiction’, and The Guardian claiming it to be ‘genius’. The first murder that Kieran Kelly admitted to was Christy Smith – a friend who he’d pushed under a train in London in the 1950s.

Having identified who Christy is from archival records, The Nobody Zone goes in search of Christy’s family in this new episode, New Evidence. Did Christy Smith ever exist? If he did, was he killed by a train? Was Kieran Kelly telling the truth? With lots of new information coming to light, this brand new episode answers that very question.

A co-production between RTÉ’s Documentary on One in Ireland, and Third Ear Productions in Denmark, The Nobody Zone is a true crime story that’s both bizarre and at times hard to believe, it’s taken almost five years to piece together and since the launch of this series, the story of Kieran Patrick Kelly is very much a live investigation.

With almost 5 million listens since its launch in February, The Nobody Zone is written and narrated by Tim Hinman together with Krister Moltzen from the multi-award winning podcast Third Ear, along with Rob Mulhern and the internationally acclaimed multi-award winning team at RTÉ’s Documentary on One. This year The Nobody Zone won Podcast of the Year at the IMRO Radio Awards and has been shortlisted in the Audio Entertainment category at the prestigious Rose D’Or awards, these awards define the gold standard for excellence and achievement in entertainment programming.

In 2015, the London Metropolitan Police reopened the case files of Kieran Patrick Kelly, a convicted killer from Ireland. It was claimed the British Government covered up multiple murders committed by Kelly around London between 1953 and 1983. Those claims were made by a retired police officer who said Kelly confessed to 31 murders but was only convicted of two.

The Nobody Zone is available to download from all podcast platforms and is offered in five languages including English (via Acast) with bilingual versions in Danish, Spanish, German (Via Podimo) and a very special Irish language version in association with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (a first for RTÉ to release a production in multiple languages, incl English and Irish). Distribution support is from Acast.

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RTÉ Chair Statement

RTÉ Chair, Moya Doherty said:

“The failure to adhere to proper social distancing procedures at a recent gathering in RTÉ is a matter of serious concern for the Board of RTÉ. As has been already acknowledged by the individuals present, there is an onus on all of us in RTÉ to be both above reproach and to lead by example at this time of exceptional national challenge. I have asked for an update on this matter this week, and the Board will address the matter in full at its meeting next week.”


RTÉ Statement – Updated (23.11.20)

Eimear Cusack, Director of Human Resources, RTÉ said:

“We are very aware of the impact created by the photos which have appeared across Irish media over the last few days.  Those involved have rightly apologised. We are all extremely disappointed and frustrated with what has happened, but it is important that we understand what occurred and learn from it.”

“There is a full Health and Safety review in progress.  In addition, RTÉ representatives met with An Garda Síochána today in respect of their inquiry. While this inquiry is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

“RTÉ has always accepted invitations to appear before Oireachtas committees and will of course, if requested, do so on this occasion.”


RTÉ Statement

RTÉ statement provided to the Irish Sun and other media outlets.

“RTÉ takes public health advice with the utmost seriousness and has implemented detailed workplace protocols which have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. These have been essential in keeping staff and visitors/programme guests safe whilst on site. Because of the measures taken by RTÉ, no cases of Covid19 have so far been transmitted on campus.

A small number of RTÉ personnel working on site recently attended a short impromptu gathering in a public area and in the place of work of a long-serving colleague to say farewell on her last day.

While social distancing was observed overall and in compliance with RTÉ’s site protocols, as photos in the press today show, a number of those present briefly posed for a photo with their departing colleague, before returning to work. These contacts were not close contacts as defined by HSPC guidelines. They were brief casual contacts which, while well intentioned, were unnecessarily risky and should not have happened. 

RTÉ and those involved regret this occurred. Over the last few days we have reminded all staff of their obligations to keep both themselves and the site safe, particularly over the very busy few weeks we are heading into.”

RTÉ To Broadcast The International Press Freedom Awards 2020

The International Press Freedom Awards mark the Committee to Protect Journalists dedication to fighting for press freedom globally and this year will honour four journalists from Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and Russia who have been arrested or faced criminal prosecution in reprisal for their work. Lawyer and human rights advocate Amal Clooney will also receive the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, presented by actor Meryl Streep, a vocal supporter of press freedom.

“In times of unprecedented uncertainty, it’s journalists who are out there, gathering the facts and trying to help us make sense of it all. By asking tough questions, and pursuing the truth at any cost, they are essential workers – serving the public and protecting democracy,” Meryl Streep said.

Hosted by NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt, this year’s ceremony will be broadcast by major news outlets including NBC News, CBS News, and in Ireland by RTÉ News on November 20 at 9.00am as well as online at (19 November at 8pm EST)

CPJ will celebrate four awardees:
·       Renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam, imprisoned while covering protests in 2018;
·       Freelance Iranian reporter Mohammad Mosaed, recently sentenced to more than four years behind bars and banned from practicing journalism;
·       Dapo Olorunyomi, the co-founder, CEO, and publisher of the Nigerian newspaper Premium Times and long-time press freedom champion; and
·       Svetlana Prokopyeva, a correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Russia who was convicted on charges of “justifying terrorism” in retaliation for comments she made on a radio show.

CPJ’s Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award is given annually to individuals who have shown extraordinary achievement in the cause of press freedom. This year’s awardee, Amal Clooney, has been a committed advocate for the rights of journalists calling on world leaders to stand up for the press. She has served as counsel for several journalists under threat and currently represents celebrated reporter and editor — and 2018 Gwen Ifill Awardee — Maria Ressa. Ressa has been persecuted in her home country of the Philippines for reporting on government corruption by her news organization Rappler. She will interview Clooney as part of the ceremony.

In a sign of solidarity across the industry, Holt will be joined by other notable journalists such as CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour, CBS News “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan, PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, and ABC News “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, among others. The show will include calls in support of press freedom from leaders in and outside of journalism, including actor Rosamund Pike, satirical news host Samantha Bee, journalist Ronan Farrow, and former Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna.

Watch the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards on the RTÉ News channel on Friday 20 November at 9.00am.

No Homework Day For Children Of Ireland Announced By Education Minister On Friday’s RTÉ’s After School Hub

This Friday’s After School Hub on RTÉ will see Education Minister Norma Foley issue a no homework pass to the children of Ireland, meaning that they can skip their homework for a day, without getting in trouble!

On the show, which coincides with UNICEF’s World Children’s Day, she is interviewed by After School Hub’s Seamus the Dog and tells him: ‘It’s a golden ticket and this is how it’s going to work. All the students I know have been really good and have been working very hard since they went back to school. Their teacher will decide what day the children can use it some day between now and Christmas. The children and young people of Ireland have been just fantastic. We’ve very very proud of them and this is a thank you.’


The Homework pass is available for download at from tomorrow afternoon.

Also on the piece, airing on After School Hub this Friday at 3.20pm on RTÉ2, Norma Foley invites primary school children to send pictures to the Department of Education so that she can hang them on the easel in her office. Everyone who sends in a picture will receive a certificate.

Fronted by Múinteoirí Ray, John, Cliona and Emer, After School Hub has been keeping children entertained each day with a huge range of activities, including sport, drama, arts, science, and cooking. Highlights in the series so far have included dance classes with Karen from Dancing with the Stars, exciting experiments with Phil of Science, space visits with Niamh Shaw, virtual school tours around Ireland and the world, visits to Dublin Zoo, art classes with Chris Judge and stand-up comedy tips from funnyman Jason Byrne.

With so many parents still working from home, After School Hub has given parents another precious hour to continue to work uninterrupted.  Children have been encouraged to participate and engage in every aspect of the show by watching on RTÉ2 every day, uploading content to and then watching it all again at a time of their choosing on the RTÉ Player.

A Irish Sign Language programme – After School Hub Best Bits – airs each Saturday morning at 10am on RTÉ2, featuring the best hand-picked bits from each of that week’s episodes. This series is also available weekly on RTÉ Player.

RTÉ’s The Black and Irish Podcast available now “One country, many voices”

RTÉ has launched a brand-new 10-week series of The Black and Irish Podcast.

Presented by Femi Bankole, Leon Diop, Amanda Ade andBoni Odoemene, the series looks at growing up as part of a minority, tackling issues of racism in Ireland and assessing how they might be changed.

During the series, the hosts and their guests share their experiences of what it’s like growing up black in Ireland, and highlight the struggles and successes of the community.

Each episode will see a guest interviewed about their own personal experiences of growing up black in Ireland. The podcast is an extension of the host’s already very successful Instagram account, @black_andIrish, which has amassed nearly 45,000 followers since its launch.

On the first episode of The Black and Irish Podcast, which is now available, Leon Diop chats to Dafe Orugbo, aka Max Zanga from the popular Irish hip-hop dua Tebi Rex.

Leon and Max met at university, and in this episode, they chat about their experiences of growing up black and mixed-race in Ireland, their time at university in Maynooth, and Max shares the story of being on The Late Late Show.

Max reveals that he has experienced “countless” instances of racism while growing up in Ireland:

“When you are young, I think humans, especially black people who are a minority in a country, you are built and focussing on survival. I shouldn’t have to deal with that. I shouldn’t have to be small, or meek, or passive, just to exist.”

The Podcast is available on and Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and will be supported by content on social and on New episodes will be made available each week.

Link to Episode 1:

Episode 1: Max Zanga – The Black and Irish Podcast
Join Leon Diop as he talks to Dafe Orugbo aka Max Zanga from the hip-hop band Tebi Rex. Leon and Max met at university and in this episode they share their experiences of growing up as black and mixed-race in Ireland, meeting at uni, and Max shares his experience of being on The Late Late Show.

Episode 2:
Join Amanda Ade as she speaks with Sophie Okpara about her experience of being a minority student, her feelings on completing the first Black Studies module at an Irish university, the importance of her faith, and how education is essential to bring about change.

Episode 3:
Boni  Odoemene  talks to Ben Butler

Join Boni as he chats to Ben Butler,  a mixed-race father-of-two from Dublin. In this episode, Ben shares his experience of growing up in 1980s Dublin, feeling resentment towards people who looked like him, and how he can now play his part in making Ireland far more welcoming and hospitable for all everybody.

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Let’s Make Christmas… Christmas

New trailer confirms The Late Late Toy Show 2020 is on the way!

2020 has been a year like no other, but the team at The Late Late Toy Show have been working tirelessly against the odds to ensure that this year’s show will be delivered, and that Christmas can officially begin! Today marks just two weeks until Ireland’s most anticipated television show of the year, and host Ryan Tubridy says that 2020 is one where we really need the joy that The Late Late Toy Show brings to the family, wherever in the world they might be.

“It has been a very strange year, and that’s why this Christmas is so important. It’s also why this year’s Late Late Toy Show is possibly the most important of all time,” Ryan says. “We’re going to be singing, we’re going to be dancing, we’re going to be playing with toys, and we’re going to be having lots and lots and lots and lots of fun. We need you to gather together and join us, and let’s make Christmas, Christmas!”

The Late Late Toy Show trailer, made by RTÉ Creative in association with Banjoman films, will premiere on television tonight, Friday, November 13th, during the Six One News bulletin on RTÉ One. It tells the story of a young girl called Eva (Hannah Galvin) who, like everyone, is stuck at home. Eva is missing her friends, friends she usually gets into her pjs with to watch the show. Her concerned brother Rob (Darragh Shannon), goes above and beyond on the family farm to ensure Eva and her friends can be together to experience the magic of The Late Late Toy Show, just like every other year.

As Eva, Rob and her friends watch on from their cars, Ryan appears on the barn wall, and tells them: “Never before have we needed a Christmas quite like this one, we are going to make this year’s Late Late Toy Show the biggest, the best, the brightest. So, put your feet up, get the popcorn out, sit back and enjoy, the party starts here.”

RTÉ Player and The Late Late Toy Show – Access All Areas

Watch free worldwide

Come home for Christmas and join RTÉ Player wherever you are in the world, to watch The Late Late Toy Show this year. Last year, Irish people from over 100 countries tuned in to watch including from Estonia, Kuwait, and Honduras. This year, RTÉ Player and the RTÉ News channel will simultaneously broadcast live in Irish Sign Language (ISL)with ISL interpreters Amanda Coogan and Aisling Dragoi signing the live show from RTÉ Studio 6.

The Late Late Toy Show airs on Friday November 27th at 9.35pm

Shortlist Announced For The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2020 And Steve Cooney Receives The Lifetime Achievement Award

The shortlist for the upcoming RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards on Thursday 26 November is announced today. RTÉ can also reveal that Irish folk legend, Steve Cooney, as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Steve Cooney has been a towering presence in Irish Music since he arrived here from Australia in 1980.  From his first gigs with Stockton’s Wing to his musical relationships with Séamus Begley, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Altan, Sharon Shannon, Mary Black and so many others his unique style of guitar playing is always instantly recognisable. Through his playing with Seamus Begley in the 1990s in West Kerry he developed a new style of guitar accompaniment for Irish dance music which, powerfully showcased the pulse and nuance of the music and influenced a future generation of guitar players.

He is equally skillful in the quieter moments, painting the colours in the songs or bringing the tunes of the ancient harpers to life as he has done beautifully on his recent album Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar. In addition to being a player he is also much in demand as a composer, arranger and producer.

Away from the guitar, he is a passionate advocate for the rights of musicians and in 2018 he completed a PhD at NCAD on an intuitive musical notation system.

Commenting on this award Nuala O’Connor of the RTÉ Radio 1 Executive Steering Committee said: “To hear him play and be in his presence is always a profound experience for listener and player alike. This Lifetime Achievement Award is an acknowledgment of Steve’s deep abiding commitment to his art and the glories that this has produced for all our soul’s enrichment.” 

John Creedon and Ruth Smith will once again present the awards ceremony as RTÉ celebrates the significant contribution folk musicians and bands have made to Irish culture. The awards will be broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1 from 8pm to 10pm. On the night, listeners will be treated to specially recorded performances from many of those nominated.

Celebrating the third year of the dedicated folk awards to be held in Ireland, categories include Folk Singer of the Year, Best Folk Album of the Year, Best Original Folk Track of the Year, Best Traditional Folk of the Year, Best Folk Group of the Year, Folk Instrumentalist of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, a performer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.


Best Folk Instrumentalist 

Steve Cooney

Martin Hayes

Caroline Keane

Ryan Molloy

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Best Folk Singer

Mick Flannery

Emma Langford

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Radie Peat

Best Folk Album 

Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar – Steve Cooney

Hemet – Níamh Regan

So Ends This Day – Eilís Kennedy

The Livelong Day – Lankum

Best Folk Group 



Saint Sister

The Bonny Men

The Lost Brothers

Best Original Track of the Year 

Baby Talk – Mick Flannery & SON

Dynamite – Saint Sister

Flow in the Year of Wu Wei – Brian Finnegan

The Beauty Of Everyday Things – Luka Bloom

The Young People – Lankum

Best Traditional Track of the Year 

Eleanor Plunkett – Steve Cooney

O’Neill’s March – Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Ryder

Port na bPúcaí – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Tabhair Dom do Lámh – Steve Cooney

The Broken Pledge – The Bonny Men

The Pride of Petravore – Lankum

The Old Maids of Galway – Liam Flanagan & Claire O’Loughlin

The Wild Rover – Lankum

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