Broadsheet (TV programme)
Broadsheet was a Telefís Éireann television current affairs programme presented by John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve, and Brian Farrell and broadcast in Ireland live on weekday evenings from 1962 to 1963.
|Created by||Telefís Éireann|
|Presented by||John O'Donoghue|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of episodes||393|
|Production location(s)||Studio 2, Telefís Éireann Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland|
|Running time||35 minutes|
|Original network||Telefís Éireann|
|Original release||1 January 1962 –|
4 October 1963
Broadsheet was created by Telefís Éireann as the newly established station's flagship current affairs programme. Broadcast live from Monday to Friday between 6:40pm and 7:15pm, the new programme was in direct competition with BBC Television's Tonight programme. Broadsheet was broadcast for the first time on 1 January 1962, the first full day of programming by Telefís Éireann. It was edited by P. P. O'Reilly.
Content and style
The programme was broadcast half-an-hour after the early evening news and provided a more detailed analysis of topical matters and current affairs. There was a mixture of incisive and light-hearted items: unscripted studio interviews and filmed reports. The programme received a Jacob's Award for broadcasting in 1962.
Broadsheet was broadcast for the last time on 4 October 1963. It was replaced by a new programme called Newsbeat, which effectively was a merger between News and Broadsheet.
The three presenters - O'Donoghue, Cleeve and Farrell - went on to play prominent roles in subsequent current affairs programmes on RTÉ right up until the 2000s.
- The Irish Times, "Death of RTE broadcaster", 19 November 1992
- RTÉ Guide, 5 January 1962
- Dowling, Jack & Doolan, Lelia. Sit Down and Be Counted: The Cultural Evolution of a Television Station. Wellington Publishers (1969)
- Horgan, John. Broadcasting and Public Life: RTÉ News and Current Affairs 1926-1997. Four Courts Press (2004). ISBN 1-85182-839-7
- Bruce, Jim. Faithful Servant: A Memoir of Brian Cleeve. Lulu (2007). ISBN 978-1-84753-064-6