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Friday, 13 November 2009 19:06

Here's a two-part question, who said "like atomic energy, it can be used for incalculable good, but it can also do irreparable harm" and what was the context?

The statement was made by President de Valera at the opening of Telefís Éireann, Irish national television, on December 31, 1961.  The President was the first person to appear on Irish television and, in his remarks of welcome, made the comment on the power of the medium.  The speech was followed by a message from Cardinal d'Alton and a program of light entertainment hosted by Eamonn Andrews and broadcast from the Gresham Hotel in Dublin.

RTÉ currently runs two national television networks: RTÉ One, of which Telefís Éireann was the forerunner, and RTÉ Two.  RTÉ 2 was launched on November 2, 1978, putting Ireland in the strange position at the time of having two national television networks but only one national Radio channel–a first for Europe.  RTÉ 2 was rebranded as Network 2 in September of 1988 and visually rebranded as N2 in 1997.  By September of 2003, it became RTÉ Network Two; it's now referred to as RTÉ Two.

RTÉ has plans for more television channels.  In 2007, the company announced plans to launch Diaspora TV, the name was later changed to RTÉ International.  The station hoped to start the service in 2010; however, the financial crisis in Ireland ended the project.  It also planned to launch RTÉ Three and RTÉ One+1.  RTÉ HD was planned for 2011 and is now active.  The company offers RTÉ Live, with live telecasts via the Internet, and RTÉ Player, an on-demand service.  Each of these options is available to an international audience.

 

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