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Every Friday, RTE ONE splits out to the regions of Dublin, Cork, and the West, for a new magazine service Nationwide Here and Now. Bringing them fifteen minutes of news, sport and information. Nationwide Here and Now is a pilot service - future plans include opt-outs for the entire country, daily regional coverage, and local Aertel pages. It has now been extended from its original ten week run, and plans are underway for regional news hubs in Cork and Galway, and a studio in Derry.
NB: For the most part, to recieve your relevant region, you will need to be watching RTE ONE on UHF, or a cable company sourced from the local UHF transmitter. The opt-outs are not generally carried on VHF except in parts of the West, as noted below. This allows you to watch regular Nationwide on VHF if you so choose. Before Christmas, Aertel was not carried during the opt-outs - it is now inserted into the Dublin feed (can people in the West and Cork confirm whether their opt-outs recieve teletext?). The opt-out actually lasts for the entire 25 minutes of the programme (from just after the RTE ONE ident until the RTE Cork ident at the end of the programme) - however during the final ten minutes viewers in opt-out regions recieve highlights of that weeks national programme.
You can watch all the opt-outs and the National programme at www.rte.ie/news/nationwide.html
Now, with the launch on a pilot basis of Here and Now - Cork, local output has returned to RTE Cork. The Here and Now - Cork team consists of Martina O'Donoughue, Grett O'Conner, and sports commentator Ger Canning, focusing on news, information and sport in the South.
RTE ONE Cork is broadcast from the Collins Barricks transmitter and Spur Hill relay on UHF, and on Chorus' (Cork Communications) analogue cable systems in the region.
and Now - Galway
Here and Now - Dublin
If you can suppy further information on your region, what transmitters are opting out etc, , e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org