UK-based newspaper gets green light to buy Irish TV

The station was placed into liquidation last December

UK-based newspaper gets green light to buy Irish TV

Image: Facebook/Irish TV

A London-based newspaper has moved a step closer to acquiring the Irish Diaspora broadcaster, Irish TV.

The TV station was placed into liquidation last December, after efforts to secure investment failed.

However it continues to broadcast a mix of Irish lifestyle, sport and entertainment programming.

Last month, The Irish Post - which says it is the biggest-selling national newspaper for the Irish in Britain - agreed to purchase Irish TV.

The paper says the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition.

However it still needs to be approved by Communications Minister Denis Naughten.

The move will see The Irish Post acquire the Irish TV brand, business databases, website domains, social media and video content library.

It says this will give it "an important foothold in Ireland."

A spokesperson said: "We see a strong future for Irish TV and indeed The Irish Post on small screen platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which can be successful away from the traditional large screen broadcast networks.

"There is also the opportunity to supplement this by a return to Sky and other TV platforms."