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Bonnie Ryan and Cassie Stokes pictured on the set of Virgin Media Television's Xpose

Bonnie Ryan and Cassie Stokes pictured on the set of Virgin Media Television's Xpose

Bonnie Ryan and Cassie Stokes pictured on the set of Virgin Media Television's Xpose

The curtain has come down on Virgin Media's entertainment programme 'Xposé' after 12 years on air.

The show, fronted by Cassie Stokes and Nadine Reid, is being shelved as part of a schedule revamp at the Ballymount station, which it says will result in 300 extra hours of live television.

First airing in 2007 at the height of the Celtic Tiger, 'Xposé' was once fronted by Lorraine Keane and featured celebrity interviews, fashion segments and red-carpet premières.

It will air its final show on Friday, October 4, with an hour-long special.

TV personality Karen Koster, who was one of the original presenters of the show, will now stay on with 'Ireland AM'.

The company's managing director Pat Kiely said that, like all broadcasters, it is facing "ongoing economic and competitive challenges".

"This means we must move with the times and reflect changing tastes and media consumption.

"It also means having to make tough decisions to ensure we remain viable and relevant," he said.

Virgin Media is revamping its 7am-1pm schedule to feature more live content in its state-of-the-art studio.

It will move Elaine Crowley's eponymous show from 3pm to 11am while news anchor Colette Fitzpatrick will front a new lunchtime show 'Live at 12' featuring the biggest stories of the day.

The 'Six O'Clock' show will now air five days a week, while 'Ireland AM' will run for an additional 30 minutes and also merge with 'Weekend AM' to become a seven-day operation.

Irish Independent