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Sile Seoige's shock at Newstalk show axe

Published 24/06/2013 | 15:43

Sile is pictured at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week
Sile is pictured at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week

In her only interview, the broadcaster is in talking with various different companies.

Síle Seoige has spoken for the first time about Newstalk's shock decision to axe her Saturday radio show. “They are going for a more news and current affairs tone,” she told The Diary. “There has been a shake-up. My show, because it is human interest and feelgood, doesn't fit.”

She could be forgiven for experiencing deja vu. In 2009, RTÉ pulled the plug on daytime chatshow Seoige, which Síle co-presented with sister Gráinne, after a single season. Nonetheless, the Galway presenter insists her confidence hasn't taken a bashing.

“I've had cancer and when something like that happens to you, you don't sweat stuff like this,” she said. “It is the nature of work. There is only good to be taken from it. I'm not going to lie, of course there will be an element of disappointment.

“You do get a connection with your listeners. We had a loyal fanbase. This decision has been made by Newstalk and it's not just about me. It [the shake-up] moves through the whole station.”

Síle (34) doesn't have a new project lined up but is looking forward to entering talks with production companies and broadcasters. “Who knows. It [Shenanigans with Síle] might be a show for another station,” she said.

“Like everything else, when you are ‘in' something, people assume that is what you are doing. I think sometimes you have to let things go to allow new opportunities arise. That is exactly what has happened.”

She is open-minded about whether she wants to work in television or radio and doesn't rule out doing both. “I took a step back from TV for the last few years to concentrate on radio and really learn the craft.

“I hadn't really worked in radio. I had no great desire to. Then an opportunity came about and I really loved it, which surprised me. I don't know what is around the next corner. When you sign up to this line of work you have to be willing to learn new things.”

Speaking at the launch event for the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Seoige said she had recovered from the thyroid cancer that she was diagnosed with in 2011 and which required surgery to have a gland removed.

The illness came at the worst possible moment for the presenter, who had separated from husband Glen Mulcahy just two years previously.

“My health is really good. At the end of the day that is the big picture. Very little will faze me because of what I have gone through.”

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