On 16 January 2006, Canwest announced to TV3 staff, that it was selling its stake in the channel, in an effort to reduce its debt.
" Bill Malone, TV3 Group Director of Programming said: "What a talent Al is and what a show Blind Date is and the combination of both promises to be brilliantly entertaining TV.
Virgin Media Television Ltd (formerly known as TV3 Television Network Ltd; previously traded as the TV3 Group until August 2018) is a commercial TV network in Ireland, based in Dublin.
Launched in 1998 as TV3 Television Network, the TV3 Group was formed in January 2009.
In September 2000, Granada Media plc (a predecessor company of ITV plc which then owned six ITV franchises) agreed to acquire 45% of the company from the original TV3 consortium.
This was part of a deal which gave TV3 the right to simulcast with ITV certain Granada programming.