RTÃ‰â€™s new South East Regional Studio at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) officially opened this week, marking a new partnership between the two organisations.
Over a year ago RTÃ‰ announced a new regional strategy which would see RTÃ‰ regional operations around the country partner with local Institutes of Technology, including the relocation of some of their offices and studios to IT campuses.
An event on Monday officially marked RTÃ‰â€™s South East Regional Studioâ€™s move onto the site of Carriganore House on Waterford Institute of Technology campus. Carriganore House is a beautifully restored grade 1 listed building which was officially opened in January 2012 to accommodate the Macular Pigment Research Groupâ€™s (MPRG), Vision Research Centre.
RTÃ‰â€™s staff in the region who include South East correspondent Damien Tiernan, reporter Helen McInerney, cameraman Neilus Dennehy, production engineer Conan Doyle and production co-ordinator Melanie Kehoe, will all be working from the new premises which has the capability to provide live TV and radio studio links and editing facilities. The team will continue to provide reports and coverage across RTÃ‰ News programming and Nationwide from their new location. RTÃ‰â€™s South East Regional Studio is a base for coverage from the areas of Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary
President of Waterford Institute of Technology Dr. RuaidhrÃ Neavyn and RTÃ‰ Managing Director of News & Current Affairs Kevin Bakhurst were joined by Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD, John Halligan TD, John Deasy TD, Ciara Conway TD, Senator Denis Landy, Senator David Cullinane, the Mayor of Waterford Cllr John Cummins, and a number other guests in the new premises.
RTÃ‰ are currently working on creating partnerships with the ITs in Galway, Sligo, Dundalk and Athlone â€“ as well as that in Waterford.