RTE confirms axing of 'Four Live' and 'The Daily Show'
Two live afternoon magazine shows have become the latest victims of RTE cuts.
After two seasons, 'The Daily Show', hosted by Claire Byrne and Daithi O Se, and 'Four Live', presented by Maura Derrane, will be axed "due to financial constraints".
RTE was reportedly seeking sponsors for the shows, both made by Green Inc productions, which had their runs shortened last season, prompting speculation about their futures.
However, in a brief statement yesterday, RTE confirmed that neither show would return for the autumn season.
One staff member, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Irish Independent that they had been informed by email last Saturday by Green Inc that the shows had been cancelled.
"They were in negotiations with RTE but there's just no money for the shows this year. There's a possibility that there will be a budget in 2013 but the presenters and production teams have now disbanded," said the insider.
Maura Derrane, Claire Byrne, Daithi O Se and Green Inc did not return calls last night.
A message posted on the Facebook group for 'The Daily Show' read: "To all our viewers, we are really sorry to say that 'The Daily Show' will not be returning to your screens in the autumn.
"Thank you so much for all your support and comments over the past two years. Special thanks to Claire and Daithi and the many contributors that featured on the show. Also many thanks to the wonderful production team . . ."
Last night RTE declined to give details of what would replace both shows.
"The autumn schedule won't be revealed until our autumn launch in August," said an RTE spokeswoman.
RTE is attempting to cut costs by €25m by the end of 2013. Staff face a 4pc cut in pay and allowances if the station fails to find enough employees opting for a voluntary redundancy scheme which closes on June 15.
Meanwhile, more than one million viewers tuned in to watch the 50th anniversary special 'Late Late Show' last Friday.
An RTE spokeswoman described as "fantastic figures" the audience of 1,011,000 who watched the three-hour special which featured its two former presenters, and an audience of celebrities.