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    Default RTE axes the Frontline

    Frontline is being given the chop, and instead Pat Kenny will be a presenter of Prime Time.

    RTE is denying that this is a result of the tweetgate debacle

    In his latest major shake up at the station, the former BBC boss denied that the decision to change the name of the Monday night debate had anything to do with the 'tweetgate' incident involving candidate Sean Gallagher during the last Frontline presidential debate last year.

    IMO Frontline never lived up to expectations. It became like Liveline on the radio, with the studio audience predominantly made up of cranks and angry shouters. The mob on the show on Monday, barracking Frances Fitzgerald, was a case in point. And, of course, the Presidential debate was a lowpoint in RTE's current affairs history. Prime Time is a much better program, and it's welcome that Kenny is returning to his old stomping ground

    Pat Kenny's 'Frontline' show to be axed in RTE shake up - TV & Radio, Entertainment - Independent.ie

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    Frontline is being given the chop, and instead Pat Kenny will be a presenter of Prime Time.

    RTE is denying that this is a result of the tweetgate debacle



    IMO Frontline never lived up to expectations. It became like Liveline on the radio, with the studio audience predominantly made up of cranks and angry shouters. The mob on the show on Monday, barracking Frances Fitzgerald, was a case in point. And, of course, the Presidential debate was a lowpoint in RTE's current affairs history. Prime Time is a much better program, and it's welcome that Kenny is returning to his old stomping ground

    Pat Kenny's 'Frontline' show to be axed in RTE shake up - TV & Radio, Entertainment - Independent.ie


    It looks like to me that they missed a wonderful chance to axe the shaggin plank at the same time.

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    It is not being given the chop. It is being re-branded and will be the same tosh but called PrimeTime
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    So do we get Monday back for something other than current affairs ?

    A romcom would do nicely

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    How is primetime any better? 30 second interviews eaten up by the usual waffle and a little bit of sensalionalised reporting for the tv3 factor and thats about it.

    Current affairs on RTE need a major overhaul and they need to bring in a new anti waffle and spin rule with someone who is capable of moderating.

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    It was a guilty pleasure watching ill informed angry people rant about nonsense. Many of the contributors would give half of their story and withhold elements that made them look bad.
    The best was the anti-hunting guy “I shot your dogs”. Loses the crowd immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    So do we get Monday back for something other than current affairs ?

    A romcom would do nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boggle View Post
    How is primetime any better? 30 second interviews eaten up by the usual waffle and a little bit of sensalionalised reporting for the tv3 factor and thats about it.

    Current affairs on RTE need a major overhaul and they need to bring in a new anti waffle and spin rule with someone who is capable of moderating.
    Very well put, much better then my response.

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    Pity we can't get rid of the biased over paid presenter as well. Prime Time is going to get even more torturous now with him on it.

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    RTE has changed the name of frontline would seem more accurate seeing as the same format will exist.

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