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'Could lift the nation's spirits' - RTÉ plans star-studded telethon coronavirus fundraiser

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Director general Dee Forbes

Director general Dee Forbes

Director general Dee Forbes

RTÉ executives hope to replicate the hit BBC telethon The Big Night In which raised over €30m for frontline workers and those affected by Covid-19.

Independent.ie has learnt that the national broadcaster wants it to be staged in mid-June.

According to a source at RTÉ, the show would take inspiration from the BBC version which was a roaring success last month.