'Welcome to the dark side!' - Colette Fitzpatrick welcomes regular RTE presenter Brian Ormond to TV3 as he gears up for new show
Brian Ormond has revealed he will front a new game show, Wishlist, on TV3 from early next year.
The presenter, who has been a regular on RTE since he first appeared on talent show Popstars, is making the move to TV3 because he says RTE are "not making the shows I want to host".
Ormond (36), whose Big Money Game show on RTE was axed last year, said that the new game show will be the first show he can call his own.
"I think I'm probably the most excited about this because I've hosted a lot of big shows, but I've always been like the super sub, and put in to fill in for somebody or take over from somebody who has hosted the show before me whether it was You're a Star or Winning Streak of Big Money Game," he said.
"It was always other presenters there before me so this is the first time I've my own game show, that I'm first to do it and can make it my own from the start."
Wishlist sees contestants, working in pairs, assemble a wish list of prizes which they then work together to win.
Speaking at the launch of TV3's new autumn schedule at the Aviva, Ormond said Ireland's leading commercial channel is open to making the kind of shows he wants to present.
"They're a huge player and starting to put out some big shows in entertainment," he said. "'We entertain' is their logo so happy days. I want to do family entertainment and RTE aren't making the shows I want to host so of course I'll take an offer with TV3 if a show like this one comes up."
As he was unveiled at the TV3 launch, TV3 news anchor Colette Fitzpatrick joked, "Welcome to the dark side!".
Of the rivalry between the two stations, he joked, "Colette [Fitzpatrick] did say, 'Welcome to the dark side!', but I think it's just an Irish thing, we're like a village really and everyone knows eve3ryone else but I'd like to think it's getting to the stage where it's not going to matter which network you work for."
He believes the era of loyalty to one network is coming to an end.
"I'm a freelance presenter. I'm not tied in to any one channel. I think we can channel hop nowadays. A lot of people seem to be doing it," said.
He added, "It's like the UK now. All the presenters there can channel hop and that's a good thing. You go where the gigs are and go where the work is. I turned down a few smaller gigs over the past year because they were not what I want to do. Then this came up and it was worth waiting for."
He revealed that he did not inform RTE of his upcoming move to TV3 to front Wish List but said there was "no bad blood, no bad feelings".
Brian, married to model Pippa O'Connor, first sprang to prominence thanks to his stint on Popstars, as well as appearing on talent competition You're A Star.
Dad-of-one Brian has gone on to present a number of programmes on RTE including Satitude and more recently the Big Money Game which he co-hosted with Sinead Kennedy.