Last night’s seven-way tv debate between all candidates in the Presidential election, Áras 2011 attracted a very significant audience, according to official Nielsen TAM data. The debate reached 450,000 people who viewed at least part of the debate.
The 70 minute debate, chaired by Páidí Ó Lionáird and first broadcast at 7pm last evening, was viewed in its entirety by an average by 123,000 people, peaking at 175,000 just after 8pm as the candidates were being challenged by a question relating to the dignity of the office of President and their commitment to it.
In all 327,000 people tuned in for at least some portion of the 7pm broadcast of the only bilingual tv debate of this election campaign between all the contenders.
The broadcast of the debate was repeated on 11.05pm with some 162,000 people tuning in at some stage for that repeat broadcast. This means that cumulatively The webcast of the debate on the TG4 Player (www.tg4.tv) has already had in excess of 11,000 streams, however this figure is growing as users continue to view the debates.
The TG4 debate has been praised by all media commentators and reviewers as a valuable contribution to the overall campaign, providing the participants with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability in the Irish language and to articulate their views on issues not raised in other debates – the suitability of Amhrán na bhFiann as our national anthem.
Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, Leascheannasaí TG4 (Deputy CEO) praised those involved for taking part and complimented Páidí Ó Lionáird and the entire production, subtitling and editorial teams involved in Áras 2011. “We are proud of our contribution to this important event in Irish public life”, he said.
Source: TAM Ireland Ltd/ Nielsen TAM, Live + VOSDAL data, National Individuals
Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, TG4, 01-4763030, 087-2657689
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4, 091-505050