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UTV axes Sarah Travers' Magazine show after less than two years

By Rebecca Black

One of our best known female presenters faces an uncertain future after her flagship television show was cancelled, it can be revealed.

UTV confirmed yesterday that its light entertainment show The Magazine has been axed after just under two years.

Sarah Travers is the face of the show, which ran for two series and featured celebrity interviews including big country stars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, Ruby Wax, Ross Kemp and 50 Shades Of Grey actor Jamie Dornan.

It also featured local human interest stories such as the tale of Dean Owen, who was injured in an accident while serving in the Army in Bosnia and went on to raise money by swimming Lough Neagh.

And it showcased local chefs and local ingredients.

Recently The Magazine had been running the People Like You awards, recognising some of Northern Ireland's most hard-working and inspiring residents who make a difference to their community.

Ms Travers previously said that she felt "very lucky and privileged" to be a part of the programme, and described the people she met through the awards as "incredible".

"This is a real celebration of all the fantastic work ordinary people do across Northern Ireland and I am so looking forward to surprising new unsuspecting faces in the next few weeks," she said.

Ms Travers joined UTV just last year after 17 years working for the BBC, first in Nottingham where she attended university, then at Radio Foyle before joining the newsroom in Belfast.

She described her reasons for leavings the BBC as "personal".

The presenter went on to become the face of the new UTV show.

However, after just under two years, it has emerged the show will not be commissioned for another series in 2015.

Ms Travers did not wish to comment when contacted by the Belfast Telegraph. Paul Clarke, channel manager, UTV, confirmed the show had been axed.

"As is standard practice we are currently refreshing the UTV schedule for the upcoming year," he said. "UTV will continue to commission local programmes which will engage with a wide-ranging audience.

"As part of the schedule for 2015 a new series of The Magazine has not been commissioned.

"Hosted by Sarah Travers, The Magazine began in 2013 and has produced more than 50 episodes over the last two years. We would like to thank Sarah and the entire Magazine team for their hard work. We will announce details of our locally commissioned schedule for 2015 in due course, as it is confirmed."

Background

Portstewart woman Sarah Travers is one of the best known female presenters on local TV.

She began her broadcasting career with BBC Radio Nottingham and Central News, before returning home in 1995 when she worked for BBC Radio Foyle and later the Belfast newsroom.

Ms Travers left the BBC and joined UTV in 2013.

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