Re: [CelticCafe] Article - Flatley in talks to back US Irish TV channel
- Oh how wonderful. I hope they put it on cable so I
can get it in Wisconsin.
Although I have loads of DVD's, videos, and CD's, I
just can't get enough of it.
--- Alex Szabo <alexsz@...> wrote:
> Flatley in talks to back US Irish TV channelhttp://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=35&si=1479433&issue_id=13075
> DANCER Michael Flatley has begun talks to back a new
> US TV channel
> called The Irish Channel America.
> The channel, which is the brainchild of Lyrics Board
> creator Andy Ruane,
> is due to officially launch on St Patrick's Day next
> Contacted in the States yesterday, Mr Ruane said: "I
> can't confirm or
> deny who we are talking to. There are a number of
> interested parties
> talking to PwC Corporate Finance who are advising
> Mr Flatley appears to give the game away, however,
> in a recent
> interview: "I've begun negotiations to try to start
> up the first Irish
> television station in America - it's not an area I
> could describe as my
> forte. But does it need to be done? No question."
> Other than the Irish America Channel, there is no
> other channel
> targeting Irish Americans planned for the US.
> Mr Flatley was unavailable to comment this week, as
> he was unveiling his
> new show in Madison Square Garden, New York.
> Mr Ruane, whose company is called the Anner Media
> Group, said his
> station was proceeding ahead of schedule and was due
> to trial live
> pictures from Dublin into the US within five weeks.
> Launching the new channel has required a ?20m-plus
> investment by Anner
> It will initially target pockets of Irish Americans
> in the New
> England/Boston area and around New York/New Jersey.
> Mr Ruane's ultimate
> plans appear to be much more ambitious, however.
> "There are 35 million Irish Americans who don't have
> their own TV
> station and that is a disgrace!" he said.
> "Every other ethnic community is represented in
> television terms in
> North America except the Irish.
> "If I didn't do this I would regret it for the rest
> of my life. There is
> a million and one reasons for doing and not one for
> not doing it."
> The station already has a foothold in about 250,000
> homes in the US and
> will earn revenues through subscriptions,
> advertising and shopping
> It will use material from all Irish broadcasters.
> Tom Lyons
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