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RTE pulls the plug on its afternoon shows

RTE's Four Live and the Daily Show have been taken off the air due to "budget cuts".

The afternoon programmes, fronted by Daithi O Se, Claire Byrne and Maura Derrane, ended their run as the cash-strapped station scrambled to preserve funds.

As first revealed in the Herald in December, they both finished airing on March 2 -- with much speculation about their future in the TV schedules.

Made by Green Inc productions, a statement announcing the abrupt ending of the two shows was made on Twitter, saying: "We're sad to say today's show is the last in the current season due to unfortunate budget cuts in RTE. Thanks for watching."

Another message stated: "In response to those of you wondering about the end to our season, this year's series is finishing early due to budget cuts in RTE. The production team would love to stay on air right through to the summer, but unfortunately it is not to be."

However, RTE is still insisting to the Herald that "no decision" has been made yet about the two programmes when it comes to next September's schedule. It has also declined to say if it will definitely be back.

"RTE television confirmed in early December 2011 that Four Live and The Daily Show would have a shorter run this season and would finish up in early March 2012," said a spokeswoman.


The crew from both shows had a wrap party in Odessa on Thursday night as they marked the end of their run. In more bad luck for presenter Maura Derrane, she revealed how she also lost her phone that night, saying she suspected it must have been stolen.

Montrose bosses have now pencilled in repeats of Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties, Fair City and How To Create A Garden episodes on the scheduling timetable next week to fill the gap in the line-up.