TV3 Toy Show still 'not over the line' just two months before Christmas
With less than two months to Christmas, TV3 have yet to finalise any plans for their own toy show.
The standalone production has been a feature of TV3’s schedule for the last three years, but whether one proceeds this year remains up in the air.
However, insiders insisted that “plans are still afoot” with intentions to mark a child-friendly festive show in some way in the run up to Christmas.
The broadcaster, now owned by Virgin Media, has seen a string of changes in recent months with former RTE2 channel controller Bill Malone starting in his new role as Director of Programming for TV3 last week.
“The plan is still to do it in some way, but with all the changes going on in TV3 at the moment, it is not over the line yet,” a source said.
Last year’s Toy Show on TV3 took place in November, a week before the Toy Show on RTE, with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and Brian Ormond presenting.
The previous year former Westlife star Brian McFadden hosted the show, alongside Karen Koster, live from the RDS to an audience of over one million viewers.
TV3 were forced to apologise after viewers complained that guest presenter Brian Dowling’s comments were “not appropriate for a young audience”, while McFadden was also criticised.
While the format of the show is subject to change, sources suggested the show could be broadcast this year as a special episode of another TV3 programme, such as The Seven O’Clock Show.
This year’s RTE Toy Show will take place in five weeks time on December 2 with presenter Ryan Tubridy on the road this week as the search to find talent for the hugely popular programme continued.
One of the most-watched shows of the year, this year looks set to be the same after Tubridy revealed that 100,000 people have applied for tickets to the show.However, there are only 200 up for grabs.