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RTÉ to launch celebration of 50 years of TV at midnight tonight

Over the next year, RTÉ will celebrate 50 years of television – from the Late Late Show’s launch to Miley and Fidelma in Glenroe, to the Wanderly Wagon.

Gay Byrne, the original presenter of the Late Late Show
Gay Byrne, the original presenter of the Late Late Show
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

FIFTY YEARS OF television in Ireland will be celebrated by RTÉ throughout 2012.

RTÉ: 50 television memories will be officially launched tonight by Miriam O’Callaghan after the New Year’s Eve Live programme tonight.

RTÉ Television began 50 years ago on New Year’s Eve, 1961.

The programmes will look back at highlights from the television archive, such as the opening night of RTÉ, Gay Byrne’s final Late Late Show, the acerbic Hall’s Pictorial Weekly, the World Cups in 1990 and 1994, Ireland’s Eurovision hat trick, the televised visits by JFK, the Pope, Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama, and perennial favourites Wanderly Wagon and Bosco.

RTÉ will also publish photos, video clips and TV50 classics online as part of TV50.

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