Excuse the ignorance - do TV3 and UTV have news quotas to fill then from the BAI ?
TV3 has a quota for News and Current Affairs. However, each and every time they have asked for a reduction the BAI have agreed. They kept saying the Station was in trouble so they were able to say it was purely a financial choice. The News operation now closes up at 6 on a Friday and the next Bulletin isn't on until 7 on Monday Morning.
UTV have promised 90 minutes of News 5 days a week but I don't know if it's concrete. They could probably reduce the news if they had other Irish shows instead. However, UTV have a very different approach as they believe news is a ratings winner in the long term, TV3 do not.