Celebrity MasterChef Ireland gets the chop with fate of main show hanging in balance
The celebrity version of MasterChef Ireland will not be shown on RTÉ this summer.
The first Celebrity MasterChef Ireland was broadcast last August and athlete Davdic GIllick was crowned champion, having beaten RTÉ newscaster Aengus Mac Grianna and broadcaster Maia Dunphy.
The show was massively popular and, along with The Voice, was credited with helping to deliver a reasonably successful year for independent programme maker Screentime Shinawil last year.
Presenters Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath may also lose the main MasterChef show - unless a sponsor can be found to foot the bill next year.
A source told The Irish Sun: "RTE simply don't have the money to produce Celebrity MasterChef Ireland this summer.
"The budget isn't there due to the double whammy of a drop in revenue and licence fee."
Screentime Shinawil will continue to look for a sponsor so that the regular MasterChef show can go ahead next year. It's an expensive show to produce, running for an hour twice a week for ten weeks from March to the end of May.