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Sunday 17 December 2017

And then there were 3... Xpose slimmed down by TV3 bosses

Cassie Stokes will continue presenting Xpose alongside Karen Koster
Cassie Stokes will continue presenting Xpose alongside Karen Koster

TV3 bosses are to call "cut" on two episodes of Xpose, dropping the number of weekly programmes from five to three.

In a further revamp for the fashion and entertainment show, it will soon air exclusively on TV3, as channel bosses are set to pull its screening on 3e.

The Herald understands there are also no short-term plans to replace presenter Ruth O'Neill, with the panel remaining as the trio of Karen Koster, Cassie Stokes and Glenda Gilson.

The show will continue to as a half-hour programme on TV3, sandwiched between soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Flux

The long-running show, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, has been in a state of flux since the panel was revamped a year ago.

Then, TV3 bosses dropped Lisa Cannon, Peter O'Riordan and Aisling O'Loughlin just ahead of the 2016 autumn launch.

However, it is hoped the latest raft of changes - which are expected to be announced at TV3's new season launch at the National Concert Hall tomorrow - will have a stabilising effect on the show.

The decision to pull the additional shows from 3e was described as a "no-brainer" by one inside source.

"The show is in a good position on TV3 as it usually airs in between the soaps in the evening, but the show on 3e wasn't pulling in high figures, mainly because it's still a growing station within the group," said the source.

"The changes mean that the content will be higher as it's being spread across three shows instead of five, so there won't be as many 'filler' items.

"Some weeks are quieter than others so it's far easier to fill three shows a week as opposed to five, so it will hopefully reduce the workload for the three girls."

The show has consistently pulled in strong viewing figures of more than 100,000.

Mum-of-two Koster is the only remaining original member of the line-up that launched the programme a decade ago.

She originally returned to work from maternity leave on a three-day week, but is now doing four days.

Improved

Koster believes that all the gang have "improved with age" when compared to their earlier years.

"I've had a brilliant 10 years," she said. "I've always really enjoyed it. It's a show I would always tune into on my maternity leave."

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