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RTÉjr
RTÉjr logo.png
Country Ireland
Broadcast area Ireland
Northern Ireland
Slogan Hey! What's your thing?
Headquarters Donnybrook, Dublin
Programming
Language(s) English
Irish
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Ownership
Owner Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Sister channels RTÉ One
RTÉ2
RTÉ News
History
Launched 27 May 2011 (temporary)
15 April 2013 (official channel)
Availability
Terrestrial
Saorview Channel 7
Cable
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 600
Satellite
Saorsat Ka-Sat 9A (9.0°E), TP 20185 L
Sky Ireland Channel 617
Sky UK Channel 624
(Northern Ireland only)
Astra 2E
(28.2°E)
11914 H 27500 5/6
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (Ireland only)
Aer TV Watch live (Ireland only)
RTÉ Player Watch live (available depending on rights)

RTÉjr is an Irish free-to-air kids television channel operated by State-owned broadcaster RTÉ. The channel targets a demographic of 2- to 7-year-olds.

The channel broadcasts 12 hours of programming each day between 7:00am and 7:00pm. It is supported by radio station RTÉ Junior and additional services available on-demand, on mobile and online. The channel operates alongside its sister strand TRTÉ on RTÉ2.

Availability

The channel is available to 98% of television viewers within the Republic of Ireland through Saorview. The channel became available on Virgin Media Ireland on channel 600 on 15 March 2012 and on Sky Ireland on channel 624 (635 in NI) on 15 April 2013. The channel's programming can be viewed internationally through its on-demand service, mobile services and website.

Programming

The channel has a wide range of domestically produced programming, either in-studio programming or animations. Its flagship programme is hosted by former Six member Emma O'Driscoll, Muireann NiChiobhain, Clara Murray and their puppet friends Séamus the dog and Bláithín the flower fairy. The channel has a strong focus on inclusive programming with a mix of programming in Irish, English and ISL languages.

On 3 May 2011, RTÉjr broadcast Punky, the world's first animated series which focuses on the life and adventures of a girl with Down syndrome. The show is broadcast daily at 10:25 and 13:45. It was designed by award-winning Irish animation company Monster Animation and Design.

On 15 April 2013 the channel hosted 14 newly commissioned programmes, including the bilingual show Spraoi, the dance show Move It! and RTÉjr Workshop.

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