The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has issued a licence to Dublin-based Intermission for a new music channel. Intermission first came to prominence in 2005 when Intermission won the contract to cover proceedings in the Irish parliament The Dail in a joint bid with the UK-based Bow Tie. However, after criticism from the previous contractor Windmill Lane Studios, the contract was retendered and Windmill Lane won back the contract. Intermission has subsequently focused on commercial production and the corporate sector.
The Intermission licence, covering satellite, cable and MMDS, is the fifth commercial station to be licensed in Ireland alongside TV3, Setanta, City Channel and Channel 6. A number of UK multichannel broadcasters including Sky One, MTV and Nickelodeon offer advertising windows for the Irish market.
No launch date has been announced.