Saturday 3 December 2016

Grainne Seoige 'likely' to keep her Crimecall role despite looming RTE shake up

Sean O'Grady

Published 25/07/2016 | 07:12

Grainne Seoige
Grainne Seoige

Grainne Seoige's job presenting Crimecall on RTE looks to be secure.

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The Galway native's role was reportedly in limbo as the national broadcaster planned a major revamp of the show.

Owned by Coco Television since its inception in 2004, the crime series has been sold to another production company in the North, meaning several changes could happen.

Speaking to the Herald, a source revealed it is likely that the mum-of-one's position on the show is secure.

"It's likely Grainne will return to the show," they said.

However, an RTE spokesperson stated: "No decision has been made around the presenters."

Another insider reckons the move will have come as a shock to Coco as Crimecall was one of their most successful shows.

"I'd say it did come as a shock to Coco. It's been one of RTE's most successful brands, outperforming the schedule average," they said.

"It's a strange decision but I think it's part of bigger things that are happening now in RTE.

"There are personalities there now who want to show that they are making big decisions and changes are afoot."

Seoige has proven to be one of the station's biggest stars over the years.

She previously presented afternoon chat show Seoige with her sister Sile and also fronted The All-Ireland Talent Show for three series.

However, the 42-year-old's presence on the station has lessened of late and Crimecall is currently the only show she presents, with just one episode airing a month.

Engaged

She also spends a considerable amount of time in South Africa where her partner Leon Jordaan lives.

The pair have had a long-distance relationship since they began dating in 2011 and became engaged in November 2013.

Crimecall is due to return to screens in autumn.

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