TV3'S Pat Kenny Tonight show is often recorded hours before it is broadcast.
The show, which airs on Wednesdays at 10pm, is recorded in front of a studio audience earlier in the evening.
A spokesman told the Herald that when the show is recorded depends on the topic of the day, and added that it could be "live or pre-recorded".
"This flexibility allows us to react," he said.
"If pre-recorded, it's rec- orded between eight and nine and broadcast at 10.
"The programme is live throughout the gallery and that allows for viewer participation.
"It's all dependent on the topic of the day."
The station's website describes it as a "current affairs discussion programme with live studio audience".
However, although viewers may be seen as "participating" with social media commentary, the presenter and panel cannot interact with comments as they could on a live broadcast.
In the 1960s and early years of the 1970s, when Irish television was in black and white and most households had only one TV set, those of us residing in what used to be called “multi-channel land” considered ourselves blessed.