Friday 24 November 2017

Brendan O'Connor's new TV show to kick off in the new year

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor doesn't finish with The Saturday Night Show for another six weeks, but his new show has already been commissioned by RTE.

O'Connor, who has presented his primetime Saturday show for five seasons, is making way for the channel's new acquisition, Ray D'Arcy, who will present a light entertainment show in the slot.

However, O'Connor will return to RTE One after a break of several months to front a new midweek show in the new year.

RTE will produce the show without the aid of an independent production company although details on format and scheduling have yet to be finalised.

It has been suggested that the show will resemble that of Craig Doyle's previous efforts for the broadcaster, although Doyle's last show was on RTE 2.

As O'Connor's show remains on RTE One it will likely be quite different in tone.

The presenter has just six weeks left on The Saturday Night Show which has proven extremely successful in consistently attracting a large audience, beating the Late Late Show on one occasion, with more than half a million viewers.

Speaking to interviewee Hector Ó hEochagáin (who was axed from his 2fm slot in 2013) on the show last night, he said, "The schedule is constantly evolving  Hector and I'm very excited about the future and I'm glad to be going out on a high.  I'd just like to say that."

When it was announced The Saturday Night Show would end, GLen Killan, managing director of RTE Television said, "Brendan has proven himself to be a great talent and we are delighted that he will remain central to RTE One’s primetime schedule with a new show.

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"As the national broadcaster, we have to constantly innovate and renew our schedules and these changes will allow Brendan to continue to make an impact in an important part of the RTE One schedule.”

Ray D'Arcy's show is expected to be a light entertainment show comparable to Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV rather than a chat show which would compete with the Late Late Show.

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