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  1. My grandfather had the first tv in our area long before RTE came into existence – he had an aerial perched precariously on top of a high tree and could watch BBC channels albeit far removed from the crystal clear, colour pictures we enjoy today. Neighbours used to be invited in to watch important events, well in my grandfather’s book anyway, like the Grand National and there was a real community spirit. Nowadays everyone has a tv with lots of channels which they often prefer to stay in and watch rather than visit their friends and neighbours. In truth how many of the hundreds of channels we pay for do we actually watch – maybe 10 at a push. On holidays recently the first thing my hubbie checked out on our arrival was that (a) there was a tv and (b) it had the sports channels so he could watch his rugby and golf – I was more concerned about checking to see if there was a decent shower & easy to use cooker !!!

  2. As long as I get the British channels, I’m fine!

    We don’t pay for any TV. I bought a satellite box and dish in Power City when we were in Dublin – I still use the box, with a dish that was left on the house wall. The Sky box gets the free channels with no card inserted.

  3. Ian, the old Radio 1 presenters of the 70’s are now on Radio 2..!!!! I read last week that Tony Blackburn (Radio 1s first DJ voice) was to join Radio 2 soon..!!!! Radio 1 just plays a load of old rubbish now…!!!..haha us ‘oldies’ hey…!!!

  4. And Annie Nightingale is now available too. Wonder if she will pop up on R2.
    I warmed to Radio 1 during that period when there was the cull of the DLT and Mike Read types – good riddance. It was cutting controller Matthew Bannister who won me over. At least a million other disagreed though, and figures slumped.
    Bizarrely (though why shouldn’t it be so) there is quite a bit of decent music played on BBC Radio Ulster, as if discovered when I was back home a couple of weeks ago – Ralph McLean and others in the evenings.

  5. When I was a teenager, thirty somethings listened to Radio 1, Mr Bannister turned Radio 1 into a ‘youth’ station. I switched to Classic FM and Radio 4 in the early 90s when living in Northern Ireland. If I am within transmission range, I would now listen to Radio 2. The very people who were culled were the last of the generation of ‘community’ builders, Radio 1 DJs were household names across the generations, my granny would have known who Tony Blackburn was. Bannister’s changes were part of a fragmentation of our culture.

  6. Alas, free to air channels dont include Sky Sports so a non-runner for my sportaholic spouse. Great to be able to watch the Magniers League on RTE though not so great to watch Leinster losing !!

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