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Tuesday 21 August 2018

RTE's Keelin Shanley is unfazed by rivals UTV

Keelin Shanley
Keelin Shanley

RTE's Keelin Shanley has said she welcomes all competition in the face of the looming threat from UTV Ireland.

The host of the flagship programme Morning Edition, which returned this week, has said it's a case of "wait and see" when it comes to the new station.

UTV Ireland will officially start broadcasting from January 2015, with speculation they could eventually bring in their own live morning show.

"I certainly haven't heard any talk of that but look, let's see what happens and it's a competitive market enough already," Keelin said.

Asked about former RTE veteran Pat Kenny joining up as one of its main stars, she said it was "an interesting move" and said he was "a very nice fella".

THRILLED

And presenter Keelin, who filled in for Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One over the summer, said they're thrilled with how the two-hour programme has evolved since it started in January 2013.

"It's been great so far. We had a lot of meetings coming up to going back on air. We looked at the format, re-jigged a few things and we're really enjoying it," she told the Herald.

"We talked to viewers and asked them what they liked about the show. So we've given longer to What's in the Papers, that's a really popular item.

"It's a slot where we found great new talent, some great new voices. We also have a new GP and a consumer slot."

She said that the summer gave the team some time to reassess how the show could be tweaked and improved.

mfinn@herald.ie

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