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Colette Fitzpatrick announced as new presenter on Newstalk FM

Freya Drohan and Sharon McGowan

Published 28/07/2015 | 10:41

Colette Fitzpatrick at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Colette Fitzpatrick at the opening night of the Cinderella panto at the Tivoli Theatre
Colette Fitzpatrick at the launch of the Marks Spencer 2013 Autumn Winter Collection in the Royal Hibernian Academy on Ely Place
TV3 news anchor Colette Fitzpatrick
TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick
Colette Fitzpatrick arriving on the red carpet. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Colette Fitzpatrick at the lunch of Daffodil Day
Guests arrive at the Irish Premiere of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 09.12.13. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Colette Fitzpatrick

Colette Fitzpatrick will be joining the broadcasting team at Newstalk's Marconi House headquarters to present a new Sunday morning show.

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The station confirmed the news this morning.

The Colette Fitzpatrick Show, sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will air for the first time this Sunday August 2nd at 9am.

Colette's new show will include topical discussions, expert advice and high profile interviews.

The show will feature a wide range of topics including psychology, parenting, book and TV and reviews as well as women's health and well-being.

Colette  is the first woman to front a show on the station since Dragon’s Den star Norah Casey stepped down from her weekly show Mindfeed last year.

Colette Fitzpatrick TV3
Colette Fitzpatrick TV3

“I’d hate for anyone to think that this was a case of ‘we need to get a woman on air so we’ll get Collette’,” she told the Herald this morning.

“Without bragging, I think I’ve proven myself in journalism over the last couple of decades.

TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick, with her children Milo (4) and Olivia (2), launched The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) #Kiss4Crumlin campaign to raise awareness and funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick, with her children Milo (4) and Olivia (2), launched The Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) #Kiss4Crumlin campaign to raise awareness and funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital
Colette Fitzpatrick tonight on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

“I’d be insulted if anyone thought I’m just being put on air because I’m a woman. I’ve been filling in here on [Newstalk’s] news programmes so I don’t see myself as a token woman at all.”

Having started her career in local radio, the presenter couldn’t be happier to return to the airwaves this Sunday.

Colette Fitzpatrick and Sybil Mulcahy at the launch of the Marks & Spencer Spring Summer 2015 Collection in the Irish Architectural Archive
Colette Fitzpatrick and Sybil Mulcahy at the launch of the Marks & Spencer Spring Summer 2015 Collection in the Irish Architectural Archive

The Tipperary native gained her journalism degree from DIT Aungier Street and cut her teeth working at East Coast Radio (now East Coast FM) in Co Wicklow. She also spent time working at Today FM before making the move to television in 2001.

“I’ve been dabbling in radio for a while now, I’ve done some fill in on Jonathan Healy’s programme here at lunchtime, so it’s great,” she said.

“I started off in radio, in East Coast FM, and I cut my teeth in journalism there. I love the fact that I’m going back to it and I can have the TV and radio side by side.”

The 40-year-old has become a household name as one of TV3's main news anchors. For fourteen years, Colette has presented daily news bulletins from the Ballymount station and also hosts the prime time current affairs show Midweek every Wednesday.

The mum-of-two also writes a weekly column with The Herald.

Colette married station director Niall McDermott in 2009, and the couple are parents to Milo (4) and Olivia (2).

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