Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations trophy. The joint bid from BBC and ITV may still fall short of the expectations of the three Celtic unions. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The BBC and ITV have formed an unlikely alliance in a bid to gazump Sky and keep the Six Nations on terrestrial television with an offer worth £50m (€(...)

“The only way you achieve growth in broadcasting is by investing in content,” says TV3 chief executive David McRedmond. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Doughty Hanson bought TV3 in 2006, nobody ever expected that in 2015 it would still be its owner. This was a private equity play. The idea was t(...)

US-based cable TV giant Liberty Global, owned by  Irish-American businessman John Malone (above), is conducting due diligence on Irish  TV3 with a view to buying the business. Liberty Global  owns the UPC Ireland cable TV, telephone and broadband company. File photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

US-based cable TV giant Liberty Global is conducting due diligence on Irish terrestrial broadcaster TV3 with a view to buying the business. According(...)

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP 3:40

Nigel Farage could have used many images in last night’s TV election leaders debate to illustrate his argument that too many foreigners are getting in(...)

Iseq climbs 1.1 per cent, with Aer Lingus advancing 2.2 per cent to €2.35. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer/File photo

European markets rose for a second day with the DAX index in Germany reaching a record closing level and the FTSE in London coming close to its recent(...)

The home of Downton Abbey said it had started 2015 well, with net advertising revenue now forecast to be up 11 per cent in the first quarter

British broadcaster ITV plans to return £250 million to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 2014 profit and seei(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: “I am delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again . . . although I don’t quite see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out.” Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron has said that he cannot see why Northern Ireland’s political parties should be excluded from proposed television(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said Northern Irish MPs are “of equal status to MPs elected in any other part of the United Kingdom... After this election, there is a real possibility that Northern Ireland MPs could have a crucial role in the formation of the next United Kingdom government.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plans by four UK broadcasters to exclude the Democratic Unionist Party from TV general election debates are “inexplicable” since there is “a real poss(...)

UTV Ireland:  news bulletins got off to a decent start. Photograph: Eric Luke

After one week on air, UTV Ireland is starting to come into focus, although the picture is not perfectly crisp just yet. The soaps are being wa(...)

 The living wage differs from the legally required minimum wage which is set by law and can fail to meet the requirements for a basic standard of living

The living wage is defined as the minimum salary an individual worker requires to meet his or her basic needs for housing, utilities, transport, healt(...)