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Brendan O'Connor: 'The Saturday Night Show' is finished

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RTE star Brendan O'Connor has announced 'The Saturday Night Show' is coming to an end.

The presenter made the announcement live on his popular chatshow this evening.

It is understood the broadcaster will be presenting a new mid-week programme for RTE.

The announcement will come as a surprise to many viewers as the programme has consistently performed well in the ratings.

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Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

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Former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher pictured with Brendan O'Connor during rehearsals on the set of the RT? Saturday Night Show where he performed two songs with his band High Flying Birds from their new album Chasing Yesterday. Picture Andres Poveda

Tonight's show featured appearances from Christina Noble, poet Paul Durcan and singer Ryan Adams.

The show also launched a Down Syndrome Ireland exhibition called 'Here I Am'.

In the first weekend of February, The Saturday Night Show beat the Late Late Show in the ratings.

O'Connor drew an audience of 501,900 compared to Tubridy's 499,600 with an average audience share of 36.76 and 34.21 respectively.

The Saturday Night Show had a strong week of guests including George Hook talking about how he re-converted to Catholicism after 20 years following a serious health scare whilst undergoing knee surgery.

O'Connor also interviewed Operation Transformation's Dr Ciara Kelly about Ireland's problem with alcohol in the week she had received criticism from some viewers for chastising one of the show's leaders for drinking on the show.

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Peaches Geldof with Brendan O'Connor on the set of The Saturday Night Show at RTE last night.
Photo: Tony Gavin 30/1/10

Peaches Geldof with Brendan O'Connor on the set of The Saturday Night Show at RTE last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 30/1/10

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Peaches Geldof with Brendan O'Connor on the set of The Saturday Night Show at RTE last night. Photo: Tony Gavin 30/1/10

Tom McGurk and Brent Pope were also on to talk about the Six Nations at a time when interest was at a peak.

Tubridy, meanwhile had newly pregnant Maia Dunphy, actor Moe Dunford, restaurateur Nick Munier, and Dublin rockers Kodaline on the show.

The Late Late Show also went up against a very strong Six Nations match on that Friday - when Ireland played Italy - which analysts say affected ratings for Tubridy's show.

"We don't pitch shows against each other," said a spokesperson for RTE.  "We all work for the same brand.

"The only winner this weekend was RTE with phenomenal ratings between the Late Late and the Saturday Night Show and also the Six Nations on Friday on RTE 2 and also Ireland and Italy on Saturday on RTE 2."

Speculation about Brendan's future on Saturday night came to the fore late last year when it was revealed Ray D'Arcy was joining RTE.

At the time, RTE announced that the former Today FM star would be hosting a radio programme - but many fans were questioning whether he would get a primetime television gig.

Brendan addressed the speculation himself not so long ago.

Speaking to John Murray on RTE Radio 1 recently, O'Connor said, "I would say the numbers are up hugely on last year which is unusual in television at the moment.  I think the team is firing on all cylinders at the moment."

He also featured on John Murray's show on Friday but gave no hint that his Saturday night slot was coming to an end.

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