It wasn’t the most well-kept of secrets — RTÉ has finally confirmed what was revealed in the Irish Examiner back in July — a new daytime lifestyle show will be broadcast from Cork this autumn.
Today, an hour-long show, will be fronted by Dáithí Ó Sé, Maura Derrane, Norah Casey and Bláithnaid Ní Chofaigh.
Two RTÉ daytime programmes — Four Live and the Daily Show, finished earlier than expected in March, with the station blaming “budget cuts” for taking the programmes off air.
In a new departure for RTÉ, Today, the latest magazine-style afternoon show which starts on Monday, Nov 5, will have a number of sponsored segments as well as the title sponsorship.
Dáithí and Maura, two former hosts of RTÉ’s daytime TV, will present the show from Monday to Thursday with what RTÉ describe as a “lively mix of topical chat, fun and lifestyle items”.
On Fridays, Ms Casey, a Newstalk presenter and Dragons’ Den star and Ms Ní Chofaigh, who worked on RTÉ’s Afternoon Show for six years, will have an all-female feel good show.
Each day the presenters will be joined in studio by a panel of three guests and a number of specialist contributors.
According to RTÉ, Today will be a mix of the issues of the day including entertainment news, food, fashion, books, health, home and garden, money, parenting and kids, relationships and travel.
It will use a mix of contributors from RTÉ’s studios around the country, with viewer feedback via text, email and Twitter.
Dáithí, who presented the Rose of Tralee last month, said it was great the show would be based in “the People’s Republic”.
“Maura and I have been pals for the last two years and Bláthnaid and I were fellow judges on the All Ireland Talent Show so it will be brilliant working with people I know so well. Father Mathew Street won’t know what hit it!”
Ms Casey said she was delighted to be part of such a talented and diverse line-up — it was also great to get out of Dublin and take a different view of Ireland.
“What excites me is doing a show about real issues that matter to women and I hope we can get them talking, surprise them occasionally and never be too far away from making them laugh,” she said.
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