As most film and TV enthusiasts are now aware Cork is fast becoming an Irish hub for film making with the industry expanding in the area. Its no surprise as we have a wealth of talent here. Now it seems like this expansion will also be seen on our TV screens with RTE wanting a slice of this cake too!
It’s rumoured that RTE plan to launch a new live show from their existing Cork base, on Father Mathew Quay. The show would replace the axed ‘Daily Show’, which RTE announced back in June will not be returning, citing ‘financial constraints’ as their reason.
This is a bit of a U turn for RTE, and maybe a bit of bandwagon jumping? It wasn’t that long ago that RTE wouldn’t even give Cork-based projects a second thought, and I know from personal experience that the ‘Cork Accent’ isn’t always appreciated when it comes to RTE presenters, many of which have had their accents neutralised in order to stay on our screens. It seems RTE now wants a part of the magic that is happening here! And why not?
With things changing dramatically in television at the moment, and with the closure of their London offices, maybe this is one way for RTE to stay current and also tighten their belts at the same time. Maybe this is really why they’re considering doing a show from Cork. It would be much cheaper down here and it is a viable resolution. A Cork show would be a cost effective alternative as the production costs would be far less expensive than previous live shows broadcast from Dublin. Maybe it has taken the collapse of our economy for RTE to realise and appreciate that there are the skills, talent and resources outside of the capital.
If the proposed show goes ahead then RTE’s intelligent and strategic decision to use Cork more would further promote the film and TV industry here, and not to mention the county as a whole, as having the national broadcaster doing a live show on a daily basis in Cork can only be of benefit. It may also provide job opportunities for local production staff and crew. But what about Cork native presenters?
Or will we still be hearing D4 accents if Cork gets a new live daily show? Will it open up new opportunities here for our local talent and will it lead to more Cork based TV projects? As RTE won’t comment on the new show as of yet, it still remains very much a rumour. But all will be revealed on 9 August when they announce the new Autumn schedule.