RTE are giving Brendan O'Connor a new panel show

He may have been booted off his Saturday Night Show in favour of Ray D'Arcy but Brendan O'Connor has not gone quietly into the night and will be back on the RTE soon hosting a new panel show.

According to the national broadcaster, the show will "take a provocative and entertaining look at the week's events" with RTE pumping the tidy sum of €1.12m into it.

It will see Brendan joined by two or three guests each week from a panel of eight regular contributors with RTE hoping to move away from the "presenter-behind-a-desk format" and use "the green room and backstage areas to create a relaxed, off-the-cuff, cafe/pub vibe".

They want it to be a "fun, playful space where the rules are different, surprises happen and the audience is guaranteed something different".


The show will also have one featured studio guest each week, a competition, and a number of "studio-based items" while they are hoping to engage with the audience via "Facebook, Twitter and Periscope"

They're so down with the kids, those RTE folk.

We won't get to see the show for a while yet though as it will be on the broadcaster's summer schedule, and it will run for 16 weeks from May at 9.30pm on Wednesday nights.

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