Efficiency consultants NewEra believe ‘an alternative approach’ should be considered for television programme commissioning. Its favoured model is the window of creative competition, aka the Wocc.

Who makes the television programmes commissioned by RTÉ? The crude answer, based on 2012 figures, is that 24 per cent are made by independent product(...)

Famine statue in Dublin: a debate hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival about comedy and censorship was dominated by ‘Hungry’, a not-yet written commission for Channel 4 about the Famine. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Comedy can live long in the memory. Charlie Walsh, who left Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, for London in the early 1970s, remembers when jokes mocking th(...)

Comedian David McSavage in character on RTÉ Two’s The Savage Eye

RTÉ Television’s heads of entertainment, drama, sport and other genres have been set new audience targets that give greater importance to how content (...)

Dermot O’Leary: presenting ‘Live from Space: Lap of the Planet’

In what will either prove an unmitigated disaster or a might-as-well-give-up-now moment for its rivals, Channel 4 is popping out to space this Sund(...)

BBC director-general Tony Hall, in seeking targets for cutbacks, found it easy to justify the reinvention of BBC3 as a cheaper-to-run online-only service for a reason: younger viewers have different patterns of behaviour. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The BBC’s decision to close BBC3 “as a broadcast or linear channel” is the most obvious signal yet that the life expectancy of the very concept(...)

Jonathan McCrea, the presenter of TV3’s new quiz show The Lie which starts next Monday

Never underestimate the power of hypnosis. With a little help from programmes such as Keith Barry: Brain Hacker (...)

Comedy dramas, such as Fresh Meat with  Zawe Ashton, Charlotte Ritchie, Kimberley Nixon, Joe Thomas, Jack Whitehall and Greg McHugh, attract a young audience to Channel 4. photograph: channel 4/pa

Channel 4 will begin formally selling advertising in the Republic from January 1st, in a move that will add to the competitive pressures in the Iri(...)