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New Irish Language Children’s TV Channel given green light

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, has today (Wednesday, 28 September 2022) given statutory clearance to a new Irish language children’s TV channel for TG4.

The €3.3m provision for the channel was included as part of the Budget 2023 allocation for TG4 which received a record increase of €7.3m in funding, the largest ever annual increase to the broadcaster.

Speaking today, Minister Martin said: 

“I am delighted to announce my consent to TG4’s proposal to establish a new dedicated Irish language children’s channel, Cúla4.” 

“While full details of the new channel will be announced by TG4 in due course, it will include a children’s news service, edutainment content, drama, Irish animation, and will reflect the diverse backgrounds of children living in all parts of Ireland, but particularly in Gaeltacht and Irish speaking communities.”

This consent follows the completion of sectoral impact and public value assessments as required under the Broadcasting Act, 2009.  The outcome of these assessments was very positive in terms of the additional value which such a channel will bring to Irish broadcasting, content provision for young people and language development. 

Commenting on the overall increase to TG4, Minister Martin added:

“This increase is hugely significant, not only in terms of Irish language programming, but in the role played by TG4 in the delivery of the Government’s 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, and will enable TG4 to better serve Irish-speaking communities, and provide increased support to our regional creative companies.”