Just announced on the 5.30 News on TV3 that they will operate as a 3 Channel business. Coronation Street and Emmerdale on TV3 exclusively from Monday the 5th of December.
There was a Broadcast article weeks ago stating that they would operate as a three channel business - rather than pulling UTV Ireland off air. The most likely plan could be rebranding UTV Ireland as an offshoot channel of TV3.
They're not closing UTV Ireland as previously announced but it's clear they want TV3 to be their focus channel. If I'm a Celeb is rating well, perhaps better than what's on TV3 at the moment, then it makes sense to move it.
Though back when TV3 last had it they'd air it on 3E so I assumed it didn't do very well for them in the first place.
Uh, if it flopped last time they had the rights, that only supports my point.
And just because they haven't announced it, it doesn't mean UTV Ireland will still be on air next month. Look how suddenly Granada Plus closed down. More recently, I'm sure some lesser known channels have suddenly fallen off air without warning.
I really can't see UTV Ireland going the way of Plus. The latter itself was the victim of ITV's consolidation, its desire to have ITV2 and ITV3 at prominent positions, and the growing philosophy of having ITV channels available FTA rather than pay TV. TV3 themselves have said that it's the third channel in its portfolio, making a rebrand possible. However, they haven't even said anything yet with regards to UTV Ireland.