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Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Fair City makes too much money for RTE to outsource it'

Actress Aoibheann McCaul at the European premiere of BIG the Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin.
Actress Aoibheann McCaul at the European premiere of BIG the Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin.

Actress Aoibheann McCaul says she was never worried Fair City would be farmed out by RTE.

In the wake of the State broadcaster outsourcing its young people's programming to cut costs, there was speculation the long-running soap would be the next to leave Montrose.

However, the Malahide woman, who plays Caoimhe on the series, said Fair City makes far too much money for RTE to consider outsourcing.

Sorrow

"I wasn't worried in the

slightest. It was complete speculation with the young people's thing, so I wasn't worried.

"Fair City is doing really well and it's bringing money in so I can't understand why you would outsource it," she told the Herald.

The Dubliner expressed sorrow over the future of RTE's children's department and has her fingers crossed the presenters involved will land on their feet.

"It's very sad, and I'm not really sure what's going to happen. The young people's department was always fab. I actually started off there, I was on a show with Dustin the Turkey.

"It just depends what happens now. Do the same shows start up outside? I wouldn't like to see any of the hard-working presenters lose their jobs, but I don't know how it's going to work."

The TV star was speaking at the opening of Big: The Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre last night.

It seems the fun musical was the perfect excuse for a family night for some.

TV star Baz Ashmawy and partner Tanya Evans stepped out with their family at the European premiere of the musical, while model Gail Kaneswaran was joined by her teenage daughter Kiva.

RTE presenter Marty Whelan meanwhile, enjoyed some down-time with his daughter Jessica.

Actress Caroline Morahan was happy to be home for the festive period after returning from LA.

Models Aoife Walsh, Teo Sutra and Brittany Mason and presenter Colm Hayes were also on hand at the premiere.

Former 2fm star Colm weighed in on Anton Savage's recent departure from Today FM, noting the exit seemed a "bitter" one.

"The way it happened was quite bizarre. He sent out a press release and then they came out with theirs."

The broadcaster noted that the Irish radio industry is quite small and "you don't want to burn bridges".

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