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'.
Regular news bulletins and weather forecasts shown on RTÉ One throughout the day are also simulcast on RTÉ News Now.
As well as these current affairs shows:
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.
In October 2008, RTÉ News Now won the award for Business Services at the Inspired IT Awards in Dublin.