Irish TV launches in the Midlands UK with Birmingham Live show

Posted in Birmingham on March 24, 2015.


New Midlands presenter Bob Brolly.

Westport-based Irish TV will continue its expansion with the launch of a new office in Birmingham covering the UK’s Midlands region.

To celebrate the station will broadcast a two-hour live entertainment programme from Birmingham’s Irish Centre on Thursday, March 26.

The show will launch Irish TV’s new Midlands base which will be headed by Bob Brolly, an award-winning radio personality and entertainer who brings a wealth of experience to this fast growing TV station. Bob, a Derry native, has won many awards including the “Irish World Radio Presenter of the Year” and the “Irish Post Media Person of the Year”. He has also received an MBE from Prince Charles for his outstanding contribution to broadcasting with the BBC and for his ongoing charity work.

The Birmingham Live show will be presented by Bob himself and can be viewed on Irish TV Sky channel 191, Freesat 400, eVision 191, free to air boxes and online at from 8pm to 10pm.

Viewers can expect a host of top local and international singers, dancers and musicians as well as some of the Midlands region’s most well-known personalities.

The Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums will be appearing along with the city’s Lord Mayor Shafique Shah whose grandmother was born in Dublin. Lord Mayor Shafique will welcome Irish TV to Birmingham.

Other performers will include Carol Scanlon of the world famous Scanlon School of Irish Dancing; Irish dancer Ciara Sexton, who is one of the best Irish dancers in the world at present; TR Dallas, Boxtrad and Rana Gri.

Joining Bob on the couch will be Irish businessman Dennis Meagher, owner of Premier Metals, the company who made the Olympic torch and Sister Sabina MBE, an Irish nun who has done a lot of amazing work in Britain, among many other guests.

Birmingham Live will launch Irish TV’s expansion into Birmingham and the Midlands and is an exciting development for the station which will celebrate its first anniversary on May 1.

Speaking about Irish TV’s new office in Birmingham Bob said: “Irish TV’s Midlands base will open up a whole new audience for Irish TV as well as ensuring the Irish in this region can become more connected with home by telling their own stories of what’s happening in the Irish scene in the UK and following what’s happening back home in Ireland.”

Irish TV will officially launch two new shows from the Midlands region. The first is a 12-part series called Brolly and Friends, a one-hour lively chat show with Bob and guests; and the second a weekly magazine style programme. The weekly programme will be co-presented by owner and editor of the Live 24-Seven magazines Katie McPhilimey who has strong Irish connections through both her mother and father and who will also be a guest at the Birmingham Live show.During next week’s Birmingham Live there will be fantastic giveaways during the show including flights to Ireland West Airport Knock from East Midlands with a two-night break for two people in the stunning McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris including an evening meal and viewers will be invited to text in to the programme to participate.

“We are constantly pushing the broadcasting boundaries here at Irish TV and I think people will really be impressed with what they see on their TV screens on March 26,” said Irish TV’s content editor Toni Bourke.

“This is an historic first for Irish TV in Birmingham and it just shows what can be achieved when people work together,” she said.

“Irish TV was established to bring the global Irish community closer together and to tell the positive local stories from every Irish community no matter where they are located.”

The live broadcast will be shown on the Irish TV channel on Sky 191 on Thursday March 26 from 8-10pm. The show can also be watched on Freesat 400 and online at in the UK. In Ireland viewers can also watch on eircom’s eVision 191 and all free to air boxes.

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