Monday 20 November 2017

Byrne show to return for 'One Night Only' due to cuts

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

VETERAN presenter Gay Byrne has revealed that his RTE show 'One Night Only' has been cut from the winter schedule.

Last year the programme, which features some of the stalwarts of Irish music, aired as a six-part series.

However, 79-year-old Byrne told the Irish Independent that instead of a line-up of episodes in the lead up to this Christmas, RTE will only feature a one-off programme with musician Phil Coulter.

The former 'Late Late Show' host put it down to budget cutbacks at the broadcaster.

"I am disappointed but things come and go. RTE are as broke as everyone else and they just don't have the money to do the shows they want to do.

"We've already shot Phil's and that will go out over Christmas time, he was fantastic, so I think people will love it," he said.

He added that he has no plans to give up his weekend radio slot on LyricFM and that he does not wade into the "furore" that follows the release of the JNLR listenership figures.

"We don't get involved in that sort of thing – that's for the common people in Radio One and 2FM. We're Lyric and we're above that.

"We have 750 listeners surging to 820 now and then and we're happy with that," he joked.

It's been a busy few months for the broadcaster, who along with launching his book, 'The Meaning Of Life', is preparing to set out on the road once more for his theatre shows, alongside wife Kathleen Watkins.

"In October we were in Galway and Ennis and we had full audiences. We have 20 shows.

"We will keep it going for another year. We do it for fun, we don't have to do it and we're not compelled to do it but we really enjoy it."

Irish Independent

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