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No decision made to ditch Marty from Winning Streak, say RTE

RTE has said that "no decision" has been made on whether to replace Marty Whelan (57) on Winning Streak.

Reports this morning claimed that the veteran presenter will be replaced by his orange-hued namesake Marty Morrissey (53).

It said that the GAA presenter has filmed a pilot for a new show to replace the popular Saturday night game show.

However, RTE said they and the National Lottery were looking at options to renew and refresh the programme and were keeping an open mind on it.


"A technical run-through was shot in the RTE studios last week to trial some new games and a possible new format for potential roll-out in the Autumn," she said.

"It's at the early stages of the development process and no decision has been taken on format or presenters."

RTE confirmed that Mr Morrissey – who is seen as a hit with younger viewers for his wit and jolly nature – fronted the pilot.

Neither Martys Whelan nor Morrissey responded to Herald attempts to contact them this morning.

RTE previously axed the Big Money Game Show, which was co-fronted by Brian Ormond and Sinead Kennedy and said that it won't return this summer.

A programme that's constantly changing, Winning Streak has had a number of different presenters since it began in 1990 including Derek Mooney and Mike Murphy.

RTE's golden girl Kathryn Thomas also presented the programme with Aidan Power, until Marty Whelan took over from him.

The busy presenter of the 'Voice of Ireland' was then replaced by Geri Maye, who was subsequently changed over for Sinead Kennedy.

One of RTE's veteran broadcasters, Marty Whelan has provided the Eurovision commentary for the station since 1990.

He also fronts a radio show on Lyric FM but was best known for his stint on RTE's daytime TV show 'Open House' alongside Mary Kennedy.