RTE cancels traditional Grafton Street Christmas Eve broadcast due to COVID-19

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RTE has been forced to cancel its traditional Grafton Street Christmas broadcast due to COVID-19.

The live event usually attracts thousands to the capital’s main shopping thoroughfare but the broadcaster said it would not be safe to host the massive street party this year due to the pandemic.

It will be the first time in almost 50 years that the much loved show will not go ahead.

The first show was hosted by the legendary Gay Byrne in 1973 before Liveline’s Joe Duffy took it over following Gaybo’s retirement.

Famous faces, including Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, have made regular appearances at the event.

They will instead be guests on a special socially distant broadcast from RTE’s studios.

“Liveline’s Christmas eve OB on Grafton street won’t be able to go ahead this year, due to Covid 19,” an RTE spokeswoman told the Irish Sun.

“However, there will be a Liveline Xmas Eve special broadcasting on Radio 1 and plans for this are currently under way.”

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Source: Dublin News