Friday, 13 January 2017

RTÉ makes 360-degree a (virtual) reality at BTYSTE 2017

RTÉ/Samsung Virtual Reality Experience part of exciting RTÉ programme of live broadcasts, events and activities


RTÉ will mark its presence at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with a brand-new RTÉ/Samsung Virtual Reality Experience as part of an exciting schedule of live RTÉ broadcasts, events and activities throughout the three-day exhibition at Dublin’s RDS which runs from Thursday 12th - Saturday 14thJanuary.

RTÉ’s collaboration with Samsung to create a bespoke RTÉ/Samsung Virtual Reality Experience will offer more than 50,000 visitors expected at BTYSTE 2017 the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes during RTÉ One’s News at One and RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show using cutting edge VR technology.

On radio, The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene on RTÉ2fm will kick-start this year’s BTYSTE with a live broadcast from 10am - 1pm on Thursday, followed by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 3pm - 5pm. On Friday, Mo K brings the beats to the RDS on RTÉ Pulse at 10am, while Tracy Clifford will be live on RTÉ2FM at 1pm on Friday afternoon. Rick O’Shea sees visitors and listeners through Saturday morning with his usual mix of music and chat, from 11am - 1pm on RTÉ2FM.

On television, Today with Maura & Dáithí on RTÉ One will be reporting live from the RTÉ set on Thursday, featuring special guests. RTÉ2’s daily news bulletin, news2day will be reporting from the event on Thursday and Friday, including a report from the winner of the bulletin’s ‘Reporter for a Day’ competition.

The RTÉ Weather and the Met Éireann teams will present morning and lunchtime bulletins at the RTÉ set each day of the event, live on RTÉ One, and budding meteorologists will have the chance to deliver the weather forecast each day with perennial favourite, Weather Wannabees.

RTÉ News will bring regular updates from the RDS across the event, while Nationwide on RTÉ One will report on previous winners on Wednesday 11th January at 7pm.

Following the success of previous years, RTÉ presenters, including Bryan Dobson, Miriam O’Callaghan and Eoghan McDermott will again be on hand to put the interview skills of BTYSTE participants to the test on the RTÉ set at 11am on Thursday and Friday.

RTÉjr’s Bug Hunter, Dr. Michel Dugon will return to give students and visitors a chance to get up close and personal with bugs, insects, creepy crawlies and will share plenty of stories of bug hunting expeditions from 12 – 4pm on Friday while RTÉjr’s Reuben will provide entertainment for younger visitors to the RDS on Saturday from 12.30 – 3.30pm.

Online, a live stream of the Awards Ceremony will be available to view on on Friday 13th January from 5.30pm and all RTÉ coverage from the event will be available to view through a special catch-up hub on RTÉ Player.

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