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Sunday 21 October 2018

Browne vacates TV3 studio ... for RTE rivals

Vincent Browne. Photo:Tom Burke
Vincent Browne. Photo:Tom Burke

BROADCASTER Vincent Browne has been temporarily forced out of his new studio – because it's being rented out to rival RTE.

The veteran journalist has been booted out of the Sony HD studio at Ballymount for two weeks while the national broadcaster records a new series.

A TV3 source last night described the move as "a nuisance", but said station chiefs were keen to generate revenue from the new studio.

"It is a nuisance, but it's only for a couple of weeks. It's a fabulous studio so it's no surprise RTE wants to use it. Vincent doesn't mind, to be honest," the source told the Herald.

RTE has struck a deal with TV3 to use the top-of-the-range studio for the next two weeks. The broadcaster has begun filming The School Around The Corner, hosted by Ray D'Arcy.

The programme, in which schoolchildren speak about their friendships and other childhood issues, was presented by the late Gerry Ryan.

It has previously featured Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and The Saturdays' Una Healy.

TV3 sources said that letting out the HD studio to its rival could be a regular occurrence.

A spokesman for the commercial station said the studios were built in order to attract investment.

"The Sony HD studio was built to facilitate such productions and we're very happy that the production sector clearly recognises the studio's value and position as a new exciting addition to the industry," he added.

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