Consent for New Services on Saorview

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Good News: RTÉ's new Saorview services are approved. This means the Information Campaign can start.

Interesting conditions attaching to Specific Channels

  1. RTÉ Two HD Select channel is required to be carried on the second multiplex.

  2. The knowledge gained from technical trialling of the HD channel will be shared with other broadcasters
  3. RTÉ should aim to provide for full HD versions of RTÉ One and RTÉ Two as soon as practicable and by mid 2013 at the latest
  4. The RTÉjr/RTÉ Plus channel shall be carried on the first multiplex until 1 September 2011 and from 1 September 2011 shall be transferred to the second multiplex
  5. No advertising is permitted on the RTÉjr or RTÉ News Now channel
  6. In respect of RTÉjr and RTÉ News Now, RTÉ shall review Phase 2 of these channel proposals on foot of the suggestions set out in the public consultation in order to further enhance the public value of the channels.
  7. RTÉ Plus: Phase 1 only is approved and for a period of 4 years only until February 2014.

We like the "no advertising" clause on RTEjr and RTE News Now. Proper Public Service Broadcasting!

Why is it any business of DCENR how the PSB multiplexes are organised if channels are approved? That should be purely an Engineering decision.

DCENR press release<

The Minister has decided to consent to the following channels and services:

* RTÉ Aertel Digital,
* RTÉ Two HD Select, (working title)
* RTÉ News Now,
* RTÉjr, and
* RTÉ Plus (working title) Phase 1 only.

This consent is subject to the following conditions:

Conditions attaching to Specific Channels

1. RTÉ Two HD Select channel is required to be carried on the second multiplex;

2. The knowledge gained from technical trialling of the HD channel will be shared with other broadcasters;

3. RTÉ should aim to provide for full HD versions of RTÉ One and RTÉ Two as soon as practicable and by mid 2013 at the latest;

4. The RTÉjr/RTÉ Plus channel shall be carried on the first multiplex until 1 September 2011 and from 1 September 2011 shall be transferred to the second multiplex;

5. No advertising is permitted on the RTÉjr or RTÉ News Now channel;

6. In respect of RTÉjr and RTÉ News Now, RTÉ shall review Phase 2 of these channel proposals on foot of the suggestions set out in the public consultation in order to further enhance the public value of the channels.

7. RTÉ Plus: Phase 1 only is approved and for a period of 4 years only until February 2014.

General Conditions

1. Investment (comprising set up costs, operating costs (excluding broadcast charges and depreciation) and any other expenditure directly attributable to these channels) is limited to no greater than €8.3m over 5 years.

2. RTÉ must act so as to ensure the new services and channels are made available on all platforms as soon as practicable in accordance with the “must offer”/“must carry” obligations set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009;

3. RTÉ must ensure that the new services and channels (and the content provided thereon) are provided in compliance with RTÉ’s obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009.

4. RTÉ must ensure that the new services and channels comply with all applicable accessibility rules and that, subtitling audio-descriptions services etc. are provided, regardless of the platform on which they are carried;

5. Because the RTÉ multiplexes are capable of carrying a large number of RTÉ and non-RTÉ channels, the Minister requires that the numbering of channels shall be designated on the basis of a set of principles and criteria to be developed by the Content Working Group of the Digital Switch-over Steering Group established by his Department and that such principles and criteria shall be subject to the approval of his Department in consultation with the BAI. In particular, these shall include the principles that priority in numbering is accorded to the four national ‘free-to-air’ television channels (i.e. RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3 and TG4); and that non-RTÉ services shall not be unfairly discriminated against.

6. All the approved services and channels shall be reviewed by RTÉ within 4 years (i.e. no later than February 2014) and a report on these reviews shall be submitted to the Minister by June 2014 at the latest. This review shall, interalia, study the continuing need for these services and channels in light of technology and societal developments and the potential for enhancing the public service value of these services and channels.

7. Requests for substantial modifications to the approved services and channels will require the consent of the Minister under section 103 of the Broadcasting Act 2009.

7. RTÉ is required to submit a report to the Minister and the BAI on an annual basis, (by end February each year) detailing the development of the services and channels (e.g. viewership, service and channel enhancements) and how they are operating in accordance with the conditions set out above.