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RTE may replace axed shows from Cork

RTE are considering replacing axed shows Four Live and the Daily Show with a new live programme to be broadcast from Cork.

THE Herald can reveal that RTE executives may bring back a daytime slot with their new programming line-up and in a cost-saving effort are considering broadcasting from their Munster office.

A source said bosses are currently in talks about the return of a weekday afternoon production and details will be finalised in the coming weeks.

Cork-based broadcaster John Creedon has been speculated as someone who could take up a role in the new show making it more reminiscent of the Open House, an afternoon show once presented by Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy.

"Things are changing dramatically in television at the moment and obviously everyone has to tighten the belt. But even though there's a cost issue in RTE, they don't want to see reruns of an old soap everyday.



Resolution

"With the London office closing as well, they're really considering doing a show from Cork. It would be much cheaper down there and it is a viable resolution."

RTE refused to confirm any plans and the official response was that no information about the autumn schedule will be announced until the launch on August 9.

Presenters Daithi O'Se, Claire Byrne and Maura Derrane have yet to find out if they'll be back in front of the cameras in a different format in September.

Their axed programmes were given a shorter season run this year and went off air in March.

But it wasn't until early June that producers finally confirmed speculation that they will not be returning at all, citing "financial constraints" as the reason behind the decision.

Laois native Claire Byrne recently filled in on Radio 1's Morning Ireland, while Maura Derrane was tied up with TG4 production Feirm Factor.

Kerryman Daithi O'Se wed Rita Talty today in front of family and friends in Dingle town and is hosting his reception in Tralee's Carlton Hotel.

labutler@herald.ie