RTÉ yesterday staged a star studded launch of it’s new season of programming across Autumn and Winter.

A gethering of RTÉ talent, media and agencies were treated to a performance from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra together with Wyvern Lingo after haering about the new shows and the returning giants.

Ryan Tubridy spoke about the Toy Show and how the theme had already been agree and his costume which would “remove any shred of dignity he had left.”

Doireann Garrihy and Eoghan McDermott spoke with many of those who will be on our screens and trailers were played out on giant screens erected in the studio.

Climate and environmental issues remain one of our greatest challenges and to put a focus on the scale of the problem, RTÉ will devote an entire week of investigations, events and debate to the issue this Novemeber.

A Youth Assembly will be the heart of our RTÉ on Climate Week, where 157 young people will meet in the Dáil to debate the issues.

RTÉ is set to remain the home of free-to-air sport, with coverage of our national teams and greatest athletes on the world stage from rugby to soccer, rowing and hockey.

RTÉ Sport will be the home of the Irish team for the Rugby World Cup with new signings Jamie Heaslip, Donncha O’Callaghan and Michael Lynagh adding to its stellar Rugby World Cup panel as Six Nations winning captain Fiona Coughlan joins the commentary team.

RTÉ will continue to uncover impactful Irish stories that need to be told, with new series including Quinn Country, Redress Board and The Teenage Ambassadors, alongside RTÉ’s ongoing commitment to quality journalism and news and current affairs.

RTÉ Investigates is set to uncover a number of major new stories this new season, along with more ground-breaking documentaries.

New drama includes Dublin Murders with Sarah Greene, Killian Scott and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and the return of The Young Offenders, as well as a series of new comedy pilots in partnership with Screen Ireland will also be among the highlights.

Magician Keith Barry will have a new show The Keith Barry Experience while the godfather of Irish comedy is celebrated in Brendan Grace: Thanks for the Memories.

Speaking at the launch, RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said: “Public service media has never been more important. Independent journalism, local stories, home-grown performers, writers and artists: these are what you will see in a diverse schedule which, across television, radio and online, demonstrates the breadth of what RTÉ delivers to Irish life, and underlines how important public service media is in reflecting who we were, who we are today, and where we’re going.”

RTÉ Director of Audience, Channels and Marketing, Adrian Lynch said: “What an exciting new season we have to look forward to. RTÉ’s diverse content reaches over 90% of Irish audiences weekly across all its services. To be the home of the Irish rugby team, give a platform for younger voices as they participate in the Youth Assembly during RTÉ On Climate week, to engage Irish audiences with some of the biggest live entertainment shows, are all examples of our role in Irish life. RTÉ continues to deliver trusted journalism as well as shaping the nation with our impactful stories. This is RTÉ at its best.

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