Sunday 4 December 2016

Keelin refuses to be downbeat as RTE axes Consumer Show

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 22/03/2016 | 20:50

Keelin Shanley
Keelin Shanley

The Consumer Show has been axed by RTE after five years on air.

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The programme, which was presented by Keelin Shanley, will be replaced by two consumer-oriented shows, RTE has confirmed.

Dubliner Keelin said the end of the show was just part and parcel of life as a TV presenter.

"The Consumer Show is not coming back this year, but we had a great five years," Keelin told the Herald.

"You just forget about it and get on with things," added Keelin, whose early morning current affairs show Morning Edition was axed in 2014.

The Consumer Show, which was first fronted by Eddie Hobbs, investigated big consumer issues.

"We don't currently have plans to bring back The Consumer Show," a RTE spokesperson told the Herald.

However, the broadcaster will unveil two new consumer-related series' in the coming months.

A six-part series What Are You Eating, starts on Wednesday and will look at food and food production.

Meanwhile, Me and My Money - all about managing your finances, will air later this spring.

Busy

A mum-of-two, Keelin is keeping busy with her role on Morning Ireland and is a regular fill-in for Sean O'Rourke on his Today programme on RTE Radio 1.

On Easter Monday, she will present a programme about the women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising live from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Keelin was on hand yesterday to help launch the 65 Roses Day, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, alongside newsreader Bryan Dobson.

The fundraising appeal takes place on April 15 as part of Cystic Fibrosis National Awareness Week.

The charity hopes to raise €65,000 for much-needed services for people with cystic fibrosis.

This includes patient support grants for transplant assessment and counselling, research and new healthcare facilities.

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