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Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Founded June 1, 1960
Headquarters ,
Area served
Republic of Ireland,
Northern Ireland,
Rest of the world (via internet, satellite, digital and analogue services)

Raidió Teilifís Éireann, known as RTÉ, is the main television and radio broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland. RTÉ began broadcasting radio programmes on January 21st, 1926 and began broadcasting television programmes on December 31st, 1961. RTÉ is one of the oldest television and radio broadcasters in the world. RTÉ is owned by the Irish government but is controlled by an independent body. Today RTÉ broadcasts two television stations and four radio stations. Raidió teilifís éireann are the words of the Irish language (gaeilge) that mean "radio and television of Ireland".


In the Republic of Ireland, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two are RTÉ's flagship channels. As digital television expands and as analogue television is being phased out by December 2012, RTÉ broadcasts several digital only television channels. These include RTÉ Two HD, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr and RTÉ Aertel Digital. RTÉ Television also offers two further services: RTÉ Live, where viewers can watch RTÉ as it broadcasts live on the internet, utilizing programming from both RTÉ One and RTÉ Two and RTÉ Player an on-demand video service. Both of these services are available on a national and international basis.

RTÉ's programme The Late Late Show, is the longest running chat show in the world.


RTÉ Radio has four stations. There are also many digital stations.

  • RTÉ Radio 1
  • RTÉ 2fm
  • RTÉ lyric fm
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta


RTÉ has many other services.

RTÉ Performing Groups

The RTÉ Performing Groups are five classical musical groups. They include:

  • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - the bigger orchestra out if the two.
  • RTÉ Concert Orchestra - lighter music than the NSO
  • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir - an adult choir with 140 members
  • RTÉ Cór na nÓg - a children's choir
  • RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet - a string quartet

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