Thursday 8 December 2016

Letters: Nothing lasts in RTE

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Sir - We shouldn't have been surprised by the the recent decision of RTE to end the Saturday Night Show hosted by Brendan O'Connor.

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Almost from day one, RTE has been doing this - scrapping good shows. Or to put it another way, trying to fix it when it's not broken.

Coronation Street was first broadcast on the December 9, 1960, a year and 22 days before the birth of RTE in December 1961. Coronation Street is still going strong after 54 years. In the meantime RTE has axed almost every soap it has ever launched. Their first was Down At Flannerys which lasted just three months. Then Tolka Row, which did a little better, lasting four and a half years from 1964 to 1968.

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