Tuesday 17 October 2017

Here today, gone tomorrow... Norah is the second star to go off air of new-look RTE show

Norah Casey and Blathnaid ni Chofaigh
Norah Casey and Blathnaid ni Chofaigh
Norah has left RTE's Today, which she hosted alongside Blathnaid, on Fridays
Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se are both back on our screens and will continue the format of the show all week
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Ex-Dragons' Den star Norah Casey will be missing from RTE's Today show when it returns in the autumn.

The Herald understands that Norah, who was due to complete her final broadcast on Newstalk Breakfast today, will not be returning to co-host her TV slot with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.

The two fiery women presented the hour-long show every Friday afternoon and claimed to kickstart the weekend for viewers.

But, according to an RTE insider, there will be a change of format with Today's lead anchors Maura Derrane and Daithi O Se presenting five days a week.

"Today is back," the source said. "But Norah and Blathnaid are not. Daithi and Maura will front the show from Monday to Friday.

"Blathnaid and Norah are both strong and likeable presenters but the Friday slot is being changed.

"There was no real reason or justification for switching things up every Friday. It broke the flow of the show," the source explained.

"It was decided that Daithi and Maura should carry the show and the series," the source added.

"With budgets tightening it also seemed a little superfluous to have four presenters on one programme."

It's not the only change in store. The next season of Today will be a lot more laidback; producers have decided to ditch the desks and go for soft furnishings instead. "It will be a lot less formal with sofas not rigid desks -- that look seems a little outdated and severe for a midday chat show."

While Norah did not confirm her departure from Today, she did express her desire to move away from light entertainment shows in the future.

"After all that I have learned from the last year, I am getting an idea of what suits me more," she said.

"Working with young people on mental health and with current affairs issues is very important to me.

"So I think with my next chapter, I would like to concentrate on those things that are more me."

Norah announced earlier this month that she wanted to step down from her job as a co-host on Newstalk Breakfast. She will return to the airwaves on the same station for a Sunday programme that begins in September.

As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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