Monday 20 November 2017

RTE seeking alternatives to The Voice of Ireland for 2016 Sunday TV slot

Una Foden with Rachel Stevens during a recording of The Voice of Ireland
Una Foden with Rachel Stevens during a recording of The Voice of Ireland
The Voice of Ireland coaches Bressie, Una Foden, Rachel Stevens, Kian Egan
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Although The Voice of Ireland is currently riding high in the ratings, RTE is actively seeking alternative programming for its Sunday slot for January 2016.

Sunday night's figures of an average of 673,000 viewers made it the most watched episode of the current fourth series. 

However, the show may well not return next year as RTE is looking for entertainment show ideas for the 6.30pm timeslot, a move they say takes place with all their long-running independently produced shows.

"It’s RTÉ policy to look at alternatives for any returning series which has been on air for a maximum of four years," said a spokesperson.

"This is considered best practice as it ensures RTÉ is getting best value for money for our viewers.  However, this does not necessarily mean that The Voice of Ireland will not be returning again next year for a fifth season.

"The decision on this will be made later this year."

The Voice welcomed two new coaches this year in the form of Rachel Stevens and Una Foden, who joined Bressie and Kian Egan on the panel.  Eoghan McDermott and Kathryn Thomas returned to present.

The Voice is produced by Dublin production company Screentime Shinawhil and is the company's juggernaut show for RTE.

Last year the company suffered a couple of setbacks when RTE did not renew MasterChef and Bank of Ireland decided it would no longer support Dragons' Den.

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