Friday 26 May 2017

'I was shocked... I am very sad to see it go' - Emma O'Driscoll on RTE's decision to outsource all young people's programming

RTÉjr presenters Reuben, and Emma O’Driscoll. Photo courtsey of RTÉ / KOB Pix
RTÉjr presenters Reuben, and Emma O’Driscoll. Photo courtsey of RTÉ / KOB Pix
Emma in her Six days. Pictured Back (l-r);Sarah Keating, Kyle Anderson, Liam McKenna, Andy Orr. Front;Sinead Sheperd and Emma O'Driscoll. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former RTE children's presenter Emma O'Driscoll has said she's "shocked" at the station's decision to outsource all young people's programming.

Speaking to Independent.ie Emma O'Driscoll said she was saddened to hear the news.

Singer and presenter Emma was in Young People's programming for 11 and a half years before deciding to leave last May.

She has since set up her own production company 'Prize Pig Productions' with fellow former RTE employee Martin Crehan.

Emma in her Six days. Pictured Back (l-r);Sarah Keating, Kyle Anderson, Liam McKenna, Andy Orr. Front;Sinead Sheperd and Emma O'Driscoll. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Emma in her Six days. Pictured Back (l-r);Sarah Keating, Kyle Anderson, Liam McKenna, Andy Orr. Front;Sinead Sheperd and Emma O'Driscoll. Picture: Gerry Mooney

"I only heard the news on Wednesday evening and I was shocked," she said. "I am very sad to see it go but on the other hand I am hoping that it will strengthen children's programming in the long run."

She continued: "I had an amazing 11 and a half years there. Everything I know I learned there. It was the most amazing training ground."

Ms O'Driscoll's company may benefit from the new plan that may see extra room for work from outside production companies. She said her ambition is to create programmes that can be sold abroad.

"We would love to create a new exportable product like the Teletubbies. There is no reason why we couldn't do this."I look forward to working with RTÉ on exciting new projects. There are endless possibilities and opportunities."

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