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Radio Telifís Éireann

Radio Telifís Éireann (meaning Radio and Television of Ireland in English) is the national state broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland.

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Its principal stations


  • RTÉ1 (launched in 1961 as Telifís Éireann, or simply RTÉ when there was just one station)
  • Network 2 (originally called RTÉ2)
  • TG4[?] (formerly called Telifís na nGaeilge, Irish language Television)


RTÉ's longest-running show is the Late Late Show on RTÉ1, a chat show that started in 1962 and regularly remains the most watched programme.

In 2003, RTÉ's reality TV[?] show Cabin Fever made the news when the ship, on which contestants where scheduled to remain for eight weeks (with one person voted off each week by viewers and forced to "walk the plank" (literally)) was thrown into chaos when the sailing ship on which the show was taking place hits rocks off [Tory Island]] (off the Irish coast) and sank. All the contestants escaped unharmed.

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