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RTE's Morning Edition axed due to 'financial pressures'

RTE is axing news programme The Morning Edition less than two years after it first aired.

The show, fronted by Keelin Shanley, is being cancelled for financial reasons, but will continue to be broadcast until January.

"RTE has confirmed its television news programme The Morning Edition will not return following the end of its current run this year after a two-year period on-air," a statement said.

The Morning Edition was first launched in 2013, broadcasting five days a week from 9am to 11am and featuring a mix of news, sport, business and entertainment. The show's staff were informed of the news early yesterday morning.

"The decision has been made due to ongoing financial pressures," RTE's statement said.

"Presenter Keelin Shanley will move to present RTE's Radio One's popular late night news and current affairs programme The Late Debate from January, in addition to her role as presenter of RTE One's The Consumer Show.

Shanley, who has previously worked as a Prime Time reporter, will continue to step in for Sean O'Rourke on his Radio One programme

"Other staff will continue working with RTE News and will be redeployed within RTE's online and television news operations," the statement added.

"RTE News will continue to broadcast morning news headline bulletins on RTE News Now."


Although the show received huge publicity on its launch in January last year, viewing figures have remained in the doldrums.

The first episode attracted an audience of 20,000 people but eventually average viewing figures dwindled to around 8,000 per episode.

Some of its more prominent episodes included Oscar Pistorius' bail application for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and its coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience.

RTE did not say what will replace the show in the time slot.