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Lyrics Board remains Strong

RTÉ's game show The Lyrics Broad continues to be a strong title for RTÉ and its producers. In a recent report into TV Formats in Europe the programme came in at 58 on the top 100 list of formats airing on European TV in 2013. The report puts The Lyrics Board ahead of major programmes such as The X-Factor, Wife Swap, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Undercover Boss, Take Me Out and Masterchef. Acording to a report carried out by Digital TV Research the value of TV formats in 2012 was $2.931 billion. The Lyrics Board was originally produced by Like It, Love It Productions for RTÉ and hosted by Aonghus McAnally in the 1990s. The series returned to RTÉ in the 2000s hosted this time by Linda Martin. RTÉ produced a young people's version of the show for TRTÉ in 2011, it was called Sing!

See an original episode on the RTÉ Player The format was devised by Phillip Kampff and Andy Ruane.

The UK, France, Germany and Italy account for 72% of value of European TV formats in 2013. The top 10 broacasters account for 66%, with 33% split between 74 other broadcasters. France's TF1 is the biggest TV format broadcaster, followed by Italy's Rai 1 and the UK's BBC1.

The report took into consideration 100 top formats, across 84 channels in 16 European countries.

Top 10 Formats in Europe

1. 4 Star Jorney (Red Arrow Intl)
2. All Star Mr. And Mrs. (Sony)
3. Amazing Race (Disney)
4. Anything Goes (Shine)
5. The Apprentice (Fremantle Media)
6. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Fox)
7. The Audience (ITV Studios)
8. Babes on the Bus (Endemol)
9. The Bachelor (Warner Bros.)
10. Be My Guest (All3Media)

An Irish TV format selling on the international market is certainly something that RTÉ, TV3 and TG4 will want to replicate. TV3 currently are producing two new quizshows The Lie and Crossfire, while RTÉ have a scheme titled The Format Farm.