Today RTÉ have unveiled a lovely swanky upgraded news studio that you can see for the first time on tonight's Six One News. Not only that, there will be new theme tune too.
This is the first refurbishment of the busy studio in ten years, with upgraded features including a new video wall - 24m long and 3m high, spanning three sides of the studio. It utilises LED technology and a lighting system which is 70% more energy efficient. The refurbishment has seen the introduction of new automated HD cameras, a new set design, additional presentation areas and changed opening graphics for the main news bulletins. The replacement of the old video wall has increased studio floor space by 25%.
The new look studio will also have new theme music, with a reworking of the familiar RTÉ News theme music by Irish composer Ronan Hardiman, recorded by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
The work on Studio 3 cost €1.4 million and was financed as major capital investment project by RTÉ directly from the proceeds of RTÉ's land sale.
RTÉ News & Current Affairs Managing Director, Jon Williams said: "The new studio and design builds on the themes that have made RTÉ Ireland’s number one choice for TV News - bringing our audiences stories from across the world and around the corner. I’m particularly thrilled that “O’Donnell Abú" will again herald the news of the day - and grateful to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for their interpretation of an iconic piece of music. The star of the news is the news - and I’m delighted that the audiences to RTÉ News will reap a dividend from last year’s land sale."
RTÉ's main news studio is home to the Six One News, Nine O'Clock News, One O'Clock News, News with Signing, news2day for young people, The Week in Politics, Leaders Questions, Breaking News Specials, Budget coverage, Referendum results coverage, and other special events live programme coverage such as national commemorations.