- 31 Mar 01
Live on your TV and your wireless, 2TV will be broadcasting all summer long. JACKIE HAYDEN goes behind the scenes on the show that shakes up Sunday mornings.
To the casual sofa surfer, Network 2's weekly pop music show 2TV must look like easy money. Hire a few young and godless RTE heads for a Sunday morning, gather up a batch of music videos, chuck in three or four easie-peasie competitions, fill the gaps with ads - and get Dave Fanning to say the first thing that comes into his head.
But the reality is considerably different (except perhaps for the bit about Fanning, who's got the art of the casual down to a T), so when the news comes through that 2TV is staying on our screens all through the summer, and simultaneously on 2FM, it seems like a good time to take a look at how this increasingly influential programme comes together.
I start my sleuthing by tracking down Programme Editor Ed Darragh in a war-torn RTE canteen on a muggy Tuesday a full five days before the next edition of 2TV is due to hit your tv screens. She's already been at work for two hours, and it's only nine o'clock in the morning - this woman obviously feels no shame.