Thursday 22 March 2018

Shanley elevates 'Edition' above the vapid morning fare

Perhaps the best way of describing RTE 1's 'Morning Edition', hosted by Keelin Shanley and due to run for the best part of two hours every weekday, is in terms of negatives.

It's not 'Ireland AM', it's not 'The Morning Show', it's not 'Midday' – three daily offerings from TV3 which are so vapid and inert they undermine the viewer's will to live, or at least to turn on the television set before lunchtime.

Neither is it RTE's own 'Today', that flaccid afternoon show, which gets repeated every weekday morning and which yesterday preceded the 'Morning Edition's first outing with 10 minutes of twaddle from a gossip guy about the holiday exploits of Katie Price, impending fatherhood for Michael Buble and the latest soap opera shenanigans – at the end of which co-host Norah Casey gushed: "I don't really have a life until you come along and tell me what's happening".

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