RTÉ has announced Claire Byrne Live, a brand new hour-long current affairs programme which will broadcast on Monday nights from January on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now.

The programme will feature a live studio audience, along with a new set, graphics and some additional features, and will be broadcast from 10.30pm.

Claire Byrne said: “I'm really excited to be bringing this new current affairs show to Monday nights on RTÉ One.

"I am relishing presenting live on TV with a full studio audience and I'm really thrilled to be working on this new endeavour. We've been working hard on developing new elements for the programme and I'm really looking forward to viewers seeing it in January.”

RTÉ’s Managing Editor of Current Affairs David Nally said: “We are making these changes to offer the audience the greatest range of television current affairs possible across Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"The new series will draw on the best of previous audience programmes, including Questions and Answers, The Frontline and the current Prime Time Tuesday audience programme.

"Prime Time remains the flagship programme and the central brand of RTÉ Current Affairs and the addition of our new Monday offering along with the continued work of the RTÉ Investigations Unit completes a very strong stable of programming.”

RTÉ’s current affairs flagship show Prime Time will continue on Tuesday and Thursday nights with reports, investigations and in-depth studio discussion with presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh.