RTÉ News Now

RTÉ News Now is a 24-hour news service from the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ, which was launched on 12 June 2008. The station is available around the world on RTÉ.ie, and broadcasts with both Irish and English language news programming, as well as a daily news bulletin in Irish Sign Language. Along with regional, national and international news, there are business, entertainment and sport bulletins and regular weather updates. Although initially only available online, it is expected that the service will form part of the new Irish digital terrestrial service (DTT), which will be rolled out in 2009.

The station streams live news bulletins and current affairs programmes as they are broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two. The remaining programming on the station consists of the replaying of the most recent news, sport and weather bulletins, the streaming of raw feeds of breaking news stories and 'filler' programmes such as 'Entertainment Minute'.

RTÉ News Now is based on the digital radio (DAB) station RTÉ Digital Radio News, which was launched in May 2007 and streams the most recent news bulletin from RTÉ Radio 1.


The channel airs live news programmes such as Six One, as they are broadcast on other RTÉ channels, along with weather forecasts. During other periods, live current affairs programmes such as Prime Time are shown. Outside of these hours the most recent show is repeated, looped, unless interrupted by live feeds of breaking news stories. Up to the minute financial data and weather are also broadcast on-air. As with many other stations, a live ticker is provided, across the bottom of the screen, providing headlines sourced from content on the broadcaster's website.


The channel broadcasts a mix of news and current affairs shows.


The channel airs the following RTÉ news programmes live:

Regular news bulletins and weather forecasts shown on RTÉ One throughout the day are also simulcast on RTÉ News Now.

Current Affairs

As well as these current affairs shows:

  • Nationwide
  • Pobal (Irish language)
  • Capital D
  • One To One
  • Oireachtas Report
  • Euro Report
  • Other

    Supplementing these segments are the slots Entertainment Minute and Sport Minute which offers a chance to see clips from interviews with celebrities. These clips are taken from the bank of content from RTÉ's other shows.

    Weather forecasts form of a core of the news bulletins, like much of RTÉ's news.


    Currently the channel is available online throughout the world, without restriction. The service is expected to be available on mobile phones in the near future and the Irish DTT system, whenever that launches, as a free-to-air channel.

    Currently, the service is only available in Windows Media Player and Real Player formats.


    In October 2008, RTÉ News Now won the award for Business Services at the Inspired IT Awards in Dublin.

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