Director of content Bill Malone and head of programming Aoife Stokes, who were elected recently to the centre’s committee, and studio manager Mark Bayley guided the group on a tour of the complex.
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The celebrity dancing show, which started its second series in January, is filmed at Ardmore Studios Film Factory, County Wicklow.
“Our colleagues, most of whom have worked over the years on big light entertainment productions, were most impressed with the amazing high-tech studio set up and facilities,” said RoI Chair Charles Byrne.
“As one of our members said during the tour, ‘It must be like producing the Eurovision Song Contest transmission every week for its 12-week run.’
Saorview, the Irish free digital terrestrial television service, was launched in May 2011 and is run by RTÉ.
The RTÉ director of transformation and technology explained that Saorview has two terrestrial multiplexes, which broadcast all the channels from RTÉ, TG4 and TV 3, as well as Oireachtas TV (the parliament channel), RTÉ Radio stations and digital Aertel services. It reaches about 98% of the population of Ireland.
Saorview gives access to the best in Irish TV and, with certain products, it also offers free channels from the UK.
In his presentation, “The right stuff”, Hinkson discussed the copyright challenges facing TV in the digital age, arguing that rights owners need, like never before, to protect their assets.
In the past, copyright infringement generally concerned the illegal copying of DVDs and videos; now it is streamed content where copyright regulations are being breached.
Hinkson outlined copyright legislation and the legal cases in Ireland, the UK and Europe of most relevance to television to the RTS Centre.
The Centre welcomed John O’Regan and Margaret Bennett, RTÉ’s executive producers for current affairs special events, who were closely involved in the planning and broadcast of the two events.
Election 2016, a marathon 17-hour broadcast at the end of February, marked a significant first for Irish television, as RTÉ broadcast live pictures from every single count in the country. It was also RTÉ’s first high-definition general election results broadcast.
Al remained as Chair until 2000 when Charles Byrne assumed the role.
“We are all very sad at the passing of our dear friend and colleague Al Lennon and owe him a great deal for his vision in founding the RoI Centre. I also had the honour of working with him at RTÉ when he was part of the outside broadcast department,” said Byrne, who remains the Chair of the Centre.
In 2006, Al was presented with the RTS’s Pilgrim Award, which recognises outstanding service to the society.
Sean Cunningham, Paul Kavanagh, Padraic Byrne, Nicole Storck and team from the Irish School of Animation, Ballyfermot College of Further Education took the Animation award with an irreverent film about religion, Define Intervention. “The original scripting and placing of witty set pieces immediately conveyed a well-crafted animation with great attention to detail and unique comedy,” said the jury.
With the increased use of audiovisual technology in aviation, and particularly in training, the Centre was keen to see the flight simulators at the military aerodrome in action.
The Irish Air Corps currently operates two simulators, a PC-9M and a multi-crew trainer. Both were demonstrated at the aerodrome in Baldonnel, County Dublin.
When Dee Forbes arrives in Dublin to take up the position of Director-General of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, she will be the first woman to hold the post and the first to come from outside the organisation in almost 50 years.
Moreover, Forbes, currently on gardening leave as President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks, Northern Europe, will be returning to Ireland on something like half her present salary.