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IRELANDíS ONLY MOTORING SHOW REVS UP ON 3e

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For further information:

Sharon McHugh
TV3 PRESS OFFICE
+3531 419 3430 / 087 922 4143
sharon.mchugh@tv3.ie
publicity@tv3.ie

Ciara Byrne
+353 1 419 3329 / 087 3199732
ciara.byrne@tv3.ie

IRELAND’S ONLY MOTORING SHOW REVS UP ON 3e

The New Irish Motoring Show XCCELERATE gears up for an exciting start on 3e

Airing from Friday 20th November 2009 at 7pm

Xccelerate has been given the green light to gear up on Irish screens from Friday 20th November 2009 at 7pm on 3e. Xccelerate is the only motoring programme on Irish television that is produced entirely in Ireland, with Irish cars, Irish locations and Irish presenters.

Produced by City Productions for broadcast on 3e, this new programme is the latest in an increasing number of locally produced programmes commissioned by TV3 and 3e and is expected to be hugely popular with audiences as it brings a fresh local flavour to motoring in Ireland. Presented by a highly-respected motoring journalist Conor Twomey and well known broadcaster Rachel Wyse, Xccelerate is intended to appeal to both genders of all age groups. While motoring shows tend to be aimed more at men, Xccelerate acknowledges that more often than not it’s women who have the final say about what car ends up on the driveway! For that reason, Xccelerate will deal with all types of vehicles, from the more affordable to the most desirable due to hit Irish streets in 2010.

The show also aims to put some fun back into motoring, but it won't be going completely over the top with wacky stunts and unattainable supercars every week. Xccelerate wants to inform as well as entertain and is set to surprise audiences by making everyday cars enjoyable to watch.

Tune in to 3e Fridays from 20th November 2009 at 7pm (Sky 105, NTL 106)


ENDS.

For further information:
Ciara Byrne
TV3 PRESS OFFICE
+353 1 419 3329
Ciara.byrne@tv3.ie
publicity@tv3.ie
www.tv3.ie

NOTES TO EDITOR:

PLEASE NOTE THAT IMAGES HAVE BEEN SENT TO PICTURE DESKS

HERE’S JUST SOME OF WHAT WE CAN EXPECT ON XCCELERATE:
BMW's X1 and 5-Series Gran Turismo
Peugeot 3008
Mini First and Mini E
All new BMW 5-Series revealed
Fiat 500C vs the Abarth 500
Alfa Romeo MiTo
Toyota Prius
Fiat Punto Evo
Kia Venga
Mazda3 Lap Record and Challenges
Defence Force Tanks and 4X4s
Audi S4 versus the BMW K1300S motorbike
Mazda MX-5 takes on a racing go-kart
Ireland's Fastest Pensioner
Paintball Battles in the Mazda2
Dublin Airport Fire Engines
KTM X-Bow Ferrari California

RACHEL WYSE – BIOG
Rachel Wyse, 24, graduated from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire with a degree in Business Studies and Arts Management and moved into television, producing and presenting her own entertainment/cultural programme on City Channel Television.

From there she branched out into sports presenting with ‘The Show Jumping Ireland Premier Series’ in 2008 & 2009 on Sky Sports, Horse & Country and TG4. Rachel was also selected by Leinster Rugby to become the face of their online television channel Leinster Rugby TV.

Rachel’s latest venture has moved her into the driver’s seat as co-presenter on Irelands’ only domestic motoring show Xccelerate, a six part series broadcasting on 3e.

Outside of her TV career Rachel has competed internationally for Ireland on two European show Jumping Championships teams and has competed on the Irish National circuit for the past several years.

CONOR TWOMEY - BIOG

Born: August 18, 1973, Cork, Ireland
Age: 36 Family Status:
Married to Denise since November 2003. Two children, Christy, 4 and Ryan, 1.

Motoring Journalism Credentials:

2001-2003
Freelance Motoring Writer
Worked for "Drive!" Magazine, "Car Buyers' Guide" Magazine
Motoring Editor, Cork Evening Echo
Member of Irish Motoring Writers' Association 2002-2003

2003-2006
Freelance Motoring Writer and Photographer (cars and motorcycles) based in Houston Texas: Worked for "Houston Chronicle" (4th largest newspaper in America), "Dub" Magazine and www.thecarconnection.com, as well as Irish Times Motors and Car Buyers' Guide (as U.S. correspondent)

2006-Present
Fulltime Motoring Writer and Photographer based in Dublin:
2006-2007
Online Editor CBG.ie; contributor to Car Buyers' Guide Magazine (Later known as New Car Magazine)
2007-2009
Editor, New Car Magazine (publication is currently on Hiatus)
2007-present
Regular contributor to Irish Times Motors (cars and motorcycles)
2008-present
Motoring Editor Irish Sun (cars and motorcycles)
2009
Presenter, 3e's Xccelerate

Often features as motoring expert on radio programs: Last Word, Pat Kenny, Drivetime with Mary Wilson, Spin 1038, Q102, FM104, Country Mix plus others.