Let the ratings battle begin: UTV's The Pulse to go head to head with TV3's Xpose
A new battle of the broadcasters has emerged.
New kid on the block UTV Ireland are pitting their new entertainment show against established rival Xpose on TV3.
Jenny Buckley, who presents the weather on the network, has been hosting The Pulse, a short entertainment programme on UTV since January, but the show has now been extended to half an hour.
"We're hoping to extend it to half an hour just before Christmas," she told the Irish Daily Mirror.
"It's gone very well. We're getting out and about to premieres. We're getting to travel with the show, covering a lot of different events. It's really coming together and I'm really happy with it."
The former actress was quick to dismiss any suggestions of a rivalry between The Pulse and Xpose, hosted by Karen Koster.
"We would never rival Xpose, it's an entertainment show. I suppose there's room for another one on the market really.
"There's a lot happening in Dublin, there's so many events on. So far, it's been a great success."
Earlier this year, a spokesperson for UTV denied The Pulse denied their set design took any inspiration from the TV3 show's look.
"In terms of set comparisons, the team looked to numerous international entertainment programme models for inspiration, and this is the design that was decided upon.
"We have received a huge amount of positive feedback from our viewers. We are extremely pleased with the response to the first show and look forward to building on this in the future," they added.