Just an idea on a revamped RTE One daytime schedule, where they have the cheap imported programmes, along with their usual diet of repeats, but just settled into a more codified schedule line:
6.00am - Euronews
8.00am - RTE News Summary followed by Today with Maura and Daithi (re-run from yesterday)
10.00am - RTE News Summary followed by Dr Phil
11.00am - RTE News Summary followed by The Ellen DeGeneres Show
12.00pm - RTE News Summary followed by The Doctors
12.35pm - Telly Bingo, A re-run of one of their lifestyle shows etc
1.00pm - RTE One O'Clock News
Just a thought, where hardly any extra money has been spent, but it just tidy up the schedule instead of the haphazard, throw anything at it as they have now, for example shoving Open All Hours and Only Fools and Horses repeats on from 8.00am.
Just my idea - that is what the TV Forum is for, just an opinion.
The reason that Only fools and Horses is on at that time is that Today is on a 5 or so month break. Logically Euronews should be on for 3 hours between 6 and 9, providing some sort of news service. However, Euronews doesn't make them money, Teleshopping does. The fact remains, there's no big audience for TV before Lunchtime. Basically shows between 5 am and 12 on RTE 1 are the modern-day test card.
if they dropped everything and replaced it with a text service like BBC Alba broadcasts during its downtime, and added a radio 1 soundtrack or indeed RTE Gold, the audience would probably go up