Radio Teilifis Éireann (RTÉ) is Ireland’s national broadcaster

RTÉ has its origins in 1926, with the creation of 2RN, Ireland’s first radio station. The 1960 Broadcasting act changed its name to Radio Éireann, and made provisions for a new television channel, Telefís Éireann.

The introduction of television in 1961 was a major catalyst for social change in Ireland, with imported British and American TV shows and home-grown content like the Late Late Show providing a platform for discussing taboo subjects like contraception and homosexuality.

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View an RTÉ test card from the 1970’s: