Belfast Telegraph

Newspaper snaps up Irish TV's local assets

By John Mulgrew

Broadcaster Irish TV, which counted Malachi Cush as one of its stars, has sold off its business assets to British-based newspaper The Irish Post just weeks after the company's business in Northern Ireland closed.

The shutting down of the TV company's Co Tyrone office in November was described as a sad loss by singer-songwriter Fame Academy star Cush.

It ended its operations here after its parent company entered interim examinership in the Republic.

Now The Irish Post and Grant Thornton have agreed a deal in relation to "certain business assets of Irish TV".

That includes the use of the Irish TV name, databases, website domains, social media channels and the broadcaster's "extensive video content library".

The Irish Post, the biggest selling national newspaper among the Irish population in Britain, said: "We are delighted to have agreed the terms for the purchase of these assets and complements our own moves into the digital arena with video journalism and broadcasting becoming more prevalent everywhere."

It added that it saw a strong future for Irish TV and The Irish Post on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Cush was one of the station's best-known faces.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in November, he said the closure of the local arm of the business was "disappointing for all the people who were employed by the company".

Cush helped launch the station and produced and hosted the Country Music Awards show, as well as being involved in other flagship programmes, such as Eamonn Mallie Meets.

Irish TV (NI) Limited was based at the Torrent Complex in Donaghmore.

The broadcaster, which launched in 2014, had been struggling, and John Griffin, a millionaire backer, quit as a director last year.

Irish TV operates from Westport Industrial Park in Co Mayo and broadcasts a 24-hour channel on Sky, Eir and free-to-air services, as well as an online video on demand service.

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