My age was an advantage in getting my new TV role, says Alison (44)
UTV Ireland's lead anchor, Alison Comyn, says that keeping her new job secret for four months has been a nightmare.
The 44-year-old hasn't worked in broadcasting for a decade but says her age gave her a competitive edge when applying to front 'Ireland Live at 10'.
She has worked for several broadcasters including BBC, RTE, Channel 4 and Sky News in the past - but for the last eight years she has been a reporter with the Drogheda Independent.
"They could have cast someone younger but I have been working in this industry for two decades - that's a lot of work experience," she said.
"And a lot of life experience. A 24-year-old doesn't have the same experience as a 44-year-old.
"I will be able to relate to the subjects we discuss because I will have been through them."
She is confident that the show will rival existing programmes on RTE and TV3.
"I think there is room for a new station and a new current affairs show," Comyn said.
"Why not shake things up? I think Irish TV could do with a bit of a facelift."
'Ireland Live at 10' will air in January 2015; the topical debate show has already drawn comparisons to RTE's 'Prime Time'.
But Comyn is insistent she is not going head to head with presenter Miriam O'Callaghan.
"I am flattered to be mention in the same sentence as Miriam - she's a great journalist but we both offer different things. There is room for both of us.
"I have been out of the TV game for 10 years so I am raring to get back into studio," she said.
"It's a very exciting time and keeping it a secret has been a nightmare.
"Now I'm counting down the days till January."