Wednesday, October 24 12:36:33
Kevin Bakhurst, the newly appointed Managing Director of RTE News and Current Affairs, today unveiled some big changes to the station's news schedule for 2013.
There will be significant increases in output with a live, two hour, television news programme, broadcasting on weekdays between 9.00am and 11.00am on RTE One, starting early next year.
And the New Year will also see a new-look Prime Time broadcasting from a dedicated and larger studio with George Lee among the presenters.
Prime Time and The Frontline will become more unified, sharing the studio and creating greater flexibility in the presentation and format of the programmes across the three nights. Pat Kenny and Miriam O'Callaghan will stay at the heart of RTE's current affairs output and will be joined by Claire Byrne as co-presenter and by George Lee who will bring his economic and business expertise to the programme. All four will continue to present their respective radio programmes on RTE Radio 1; Today with Pat Kenny, Miriam Meets.., The Business and Saturday with Claire Byrne. And major investigative output will also return in the New Year. David Nally, Managing Editor of TV Current Affairs said of the changes: "I'm delighted that current affairs will be an even more prominent part of the RTE One TV schedule in 2013 and that we'll have greater flexibility to mix the talents of our presenting and reporting teams and provide a greater variety of formats to our viewers."