Setanta Sports News was a production of the Virgin Media Television network and Setanta Sports. Launched in November 2007, this channel was a 24 hour sports news provider for Setanta Sports. Setanta Sports News capitalized on the success of Setanta Sports and attempted to capture the sports news viewers based in UK and Ireland. A totally free channel available via satellite tv and in addition available on the internet, Setanta Sports News was positioned as Sky Sports News primary rival. Even though Sky Sports News became an integral part of Virgin Media television, Setanta Sports remained with this particular platform and continued to retain its rival position.
Approximately a year following the channel launch, it was decided that this channel required a new look. Thus came the new look in the show using a widescreen format, headlines were run at the bottom length of the screen and many other smaller yet significant changes. The channel however continued to experiment with its looks and format structure across the year incorporating smaller changes to really make it popular with the viewers.
However following a successful run for over a decade, Setanta Sports began facing financial difficulties. The channel operated by Setanta Sports in the UK used to get broadcast just like Setanta Sports entered administration or liquidation during 2009 due to financial issues and insufficiency of funds. The ownership of Setanta Sports Channel Ireland limited changed. The channel then proceeded to get co-owned by Gaiety Investments and Sabloss Limited.
Due to this change in fortune, Setanta Sports News ceased broadcasting from 2009. It was also accompanied by a loss of a range of jobs. However portions of Setanta Sports continued broadcasting sports events in Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia. The only real hiccup was that some content remained affected because of the closure in the operations in the UK.
Setanta Sports remained in the news for the various reports that continued to brew regarding its alteration of ownership and prospective buying proposals. There were several reports by news providers that spoke of Setanta Sports Ireland had been looked over with interest by music producer Dennis Desmond.
Following the ownership change both of the Setanta Channels, the one in Ireland as well as the one in the United States, are licensed from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. These broadcast rights include airing of club football from counties including Germany, France, Ireland, Brazil and Netherlands, national football games, rugby union games, rugby league games, exclusive rights for the live broadcasting of the USA PGA golf tour and other championships such as Australian Football League, war of the darts etc.