Sky News will be free-to-air on Saorview when it goes live next week.
The 24-hour news service is launching on the terrestrial platform on Tuesday 30 November with breaking news from the UK, Ireland and around the world.
Sky Ireland CEO, JD Buckley, said: “Sky News is a multi-platform, world class service that regularly covers the issues that matter here. We have production teams and correspondents based out of Dublin and Belfast, who contribute to the Sky News service every day, so we are delighted that our channel is being made free to air in Ireland.”
The strategy is distinct from that of CNN, which is now only available on the Sky satellite platform. Sky News is also free-to-air on the UK’s Freeview.
Saorview’s Jim Higgins said: “Sky News is a welcome addition to the Saorview family of free-to-air channels. The launch of Sky News on Saorview will offer our audience a new source of local and global news from a popular and well-recognised international news channel.”
Sky News will appear automatically on many TVs and set-top boxes in Ireland, though some viewers may need to rescan.