Blog: Irish viewers could lose beloved UK soaps as they may be axed on Irish TV due to Brexit laws – RSVP Live

Irish viewers are facing losing some of their favourite British soaps due to Brexit laws.

Under new laws, every EU broadcaster must ensure that 30 per cent of their on-demand catalogue and half of their daily schedule is produced in Europe.

While UK TV previously fell under the umbrella of content produced in Europe, that is no longer the case due to Brexit.

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This means that some Irish broadcasters may be required to axe some UK shows such as soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity in order to ensure they reach the EU quota.

Under new laws, every EU broadcaster must ensure that 30 per cent of their on-demand catalogue and half of their daily schedule is produced in Europe.

In a letter released to The Irish Sun, RTE boss Dee Forbes and Virgin Media chief Paul Farrell have warned politicians that such moves would be disastrous for viewers here.

They wrote: “The ability to maintain multiple TV channels would be seriously undermined. So too would the ability to provide our respective on-demand services.

“This would have major implications on both broadcasters’ funding models and our ability to fund quality home-produced content.”

The letter, written to Minister Catherine Martin and Irish MEPs, was released to The Irish Sun under Freedom of Information.

“We share the English language, we co-produce large amounts of high quality series like Normal People, Young Offenders, and Blood,” they continued in the letter. “We both acquire content from the UK which plays an important function in our schedules and is highly valued by the viewing public.

“UK content being reclassified as non-European works would have major implications on Irish broadcasting and its ability to function.

“As the only English-speaking country in the EU, Ireland would be uniquely disadvantaged.

“In a market the size of Ireland, collaborating with our nearest neighbour is absolutely essential.”

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