The World: Dublin - Launch of Channel 6 postponed until early 2006

The launch of Channel 6, the Irish youth TV station, has been put back until early next year.

The delay will mean the channel, created by the former Carat Dublin head, Pat Donnelly, and the former head of programming at TV3, Michael Murphy, will miss out on the lucrative pre-Christmas market.

The ten-year operating licence for the channel was granted by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland late last month. Donnelly and Murphy have the EUR10 million funding needed for the launch, but are still in the process of recruiting the management and establishing broadcast facilities.

The new channel will offer local coverage only and will broadcast on the cable networks Chorus and NTL Ireland, as well as the Sky Digital network.