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Move over Pat... Claire Byrne is getting her own show on RTÉ One

An exciting development for the popular presenter.


RTÉ HAS REVEALED its latest current affairs offering … announcing that Claire Byrne will be at the helm of a live audience show.

The popular Prime Time presenter will host a brand new, hour-long programme on Monday nights at 10.30pm.

That is the same slot that Pat Kenny held down between 2009 and 2013.

According to RTÉ’s press statement, Claire Byrne Live will feature a live studio audience, a new set, graphics and other additional features.

Prime Time will continue to air on Tuesdays and Thursday at 9.35pm with Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh.

Ahead of her January debut, the presenter (who will continue her Saturday radio slot) said:

I am relishing presenting live on TV with a full studio audience and I’m really thrilled to be working on this new endeavour. We’ve been working hard on developing new elements for the programme and I’m really looking forward to viewers seeing it in January.

RTÉ’s managing editor of current affairs, David Nally, gave a hat tip (of sorts) to her predecessor.

“The new series will draw on the best of previous audience programmes, including Questions and Answers, The Frontline and the current Prime Time Tuesday audience programme.

“Prime Time remains the flagship programme and the central brand of RTÉ Current Affairs and the addition of our new Monday offering along with the continued work of the RTÉ Investigations Unit completes a very strong stable of programming,” he continued.

The second-half of the programme will be in competition with the first segments of TV3′s Tonight Vincent Browne.

And in case the first half feels like it’s gotten off easy, UTV Ireland will be there with its nightly Ireland Live at 10 which has been described as an hour-long news and current affairs show.

Let the best man or woman win.

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