AS Ireland’s newest television station begins broadcasting this week, Pallaskenry native Eric Clarke is looking forward to being the face of its news coverage in the Mid-West region.
The award-winning reporter and broadcaster will be UTV Ireland’s Mid-West Correspondent providing content and analysis for the station’s news programming – Ireland Live and Ireland Live at Ten.
Eric, who has been a news reporter at Limerick’s Live 95FM for the past eight years, will work alongside cameraman Des Carolan in the role.
“I’m very fortunate that Des has great experience working in television and has been able to guide me in a lot of ways. It’s certainly been different trying to report on stories and think visually as opposed to trying to paint a picture using words and sounds on radio but it’s a challenge that I’m enjoying,” he said.
While UTV Ireland begins broadcasting later this evening, its news coverage will commence on Monday next, January 5.
Fronted by Alison Comyn and Chris Donoghue from HD studios in Dublin, Ireland Live will be broadcast between 6.30 and 7pm each weekday while Ireland Live at Ten will air between 10pm and 11pm.
Ahead of the roll-out of UTV Ireland, a state-of-the-art studio has been constructed at the offices of Limerick’s Live 95FM as both stations are part of the UTV Media group.
There will also be studio facilities in other regional cities around the country.
“I think it shows a fantastic commitment from the station that they have set up studios with live link capabilities here in the city centre. Being able to broadcast live will, hopefully, allow us to provide the best coverage of local events,” Eric said.
Over the past few weeks, Eric and Des have been covering stories across the region and reporting for “dummy” bulletins ahead of going live next week.
Stories they have covered include the arrest of singer Dolores O’Riordan at Shannon Airport following an alleged air-rage incident and the homecoming celebrations for boxer Andy Lee after he was crowned the WBO world middleweight champion in Las Vegas.
“I’m really looking forward to it after two months of preparing I can’t wait to be officially on air and providing a news service representing the Mid-West region at a national level,” says Eric.
UTV Ireland is available on the Sky (116), UPC (110), Saorview (6) and eVision (108) platforms.