Sunday 15 September 2019

Revealed: Details of TV3 shake-up including the fate of Xpose, Midday and Ireland AM

Elaine Crowley for Weekend magazine. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Elaine Crowley for Weekend magazine. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Elaine Crowley at the TV3 New Season AW16 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Colette Fitzpatrick, Cathy Belton, Paul Roe and Karen Koster when TV3 launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephens Green. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes pictured at The House of Peroni in House, Dublin. Picture: Andres Poveda
Colette Fitzpatrick, Cathy Belton, Paul Roe and Karen Koster when TV3 launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephens Green. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes at the 3Live experience at Electric Picnic. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney at TV3's Autumn 2016 launch at The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Xpose's Ruth O'Neill
Karen Koster when TV3 launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephens Green. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lucy Kennedy at TV3 s Autumn Schedule 2014 launch at The Mansion House Dublin.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The New Year will ring in a raft of major changes for TV3 as it revamps some of its flagship programmes.

The station has relaunched itself as a three-station group after UTV Ireland was acquired earlier this year in a €10m deal by owners Virgin Media.

It will now mix up the schedule of its best-known shows including Xpose with its smaller, sister station of 3e while UTV Ireland is re-branded as the ‘female-orientated’ station 3be.

One of the biggest changes in store is that its showbiz programme Xpose will be shown for three nights on the main station of TV3 and feature two nights on 3e.

Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes
Ciara Doherty pictured at the TV3 Sony HD Studio with Sinead Desmond,Mark Cagney and Alan Hughes

Award-winning breakfast show Ireland AM, fronted by Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney, will be extended by an additional half hour, given its popularity with audiences.

And one of its biggest stars, Elaine Crowley, is set to get her own chat-show which will go out in the afternoon.

She has fronted popular panel show ‘Midday’ for the past six years and is now feature more prominently in the re-vamped TV3 schedule, staying on the parent channel.

It will incorporate elements of her existing show with some fresh content.

Colette Fitzpatrick, Cathy Belton, Paul Roe and Karen Koster when TV3 launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephens Green. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Colette Fitzpatrick, Cathy Belton, Paul Roe and Karen Koster when TV3 launched its new-look three channel group strategy at a special event at The Cliff Townhouse on St. Stephens Green. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Meanwhile, negotiations with UTV Ireland staff are still ongoing with TV3 Director of Programme Bill Malone saying that all of its shows are “under review.”

“We’re looking at some of the content so some of it will naturally work with us. We’ve a ten-year output deal with ITV. This is a massive output deal for huge programmes and some of it will automatically come under that. Anything else is under review now,” he said.

Asked about where the group sees itself in the new year, RTE’s former channel controller said that “content is king” are they’re working on mixing premium Irish content with programmes acquired under its ten-year deal with ITV.

 “We’re going to be using the best of international content, the high-rating content to leverage our Irish content. So it’s going to be premium Irish content like Celebrity Masterchef airing side-by-side with shows like Coronation Street and Broadchurch,” he said.

Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes pictured at The House of Peroni in House, Dublin. Picture: Andres Poveda
Ruth O'Neill and Cassie Stokes pictured at The House of Peroni in House, Dublin. Picture: Andres Poveda

UTV Ireland will cease broadcasting on January 8 and new station be3 will begin transmitting, featuring children’s programmes, the soaps and drama.

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