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New channel UTV Ireland will not be available to viewers in Northern Ireland

UTV Ireland will launch on January 1, 2015

By Amanda Ferguson

UTV Ireland will not be available to viewers in Northern Ireland.

UTV's new television channel, announced earlier this year, will only be made available to viewers in the Republic.

It will be broadcast on Sky channel 116, UPC channel 110, and eVision channel 108, while the Saorview channel number will be allocated shortly.

On Monday, David McCann told readers of the Slugger O'Toole website that UTV told him "UTV Ireland is for viewers in the Republic of Ireland, whilst the UTV we have at the moment is for Northern Ireland".

It is thought there will be some cross over in programming with shows like Rare Breed and Lesser Spotted Journey’s being shown on both.

On Monday the Irish Minister for Communications, Alex White, TD signed an order designating the new UTV Ireland television service for carriage on Saorview.

A small number of people in Northern Ireland will be able to view UTV Ireland through the Saorview freeview box but Mr McCann said he was advised that this is “overspill, not a target audience.”

Twitter users, including Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, were surprised by the revelation.

Mr Dickson said: "I understood UTV Ireland would be on Sky."

A statement from UTV said: "UTV Ireland is our new channel for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.

"UTV is our channel for viewers in Northern Ireland."

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