Anne Doyle's shoes too big to fill says Claire Byrne
Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00
RTE presenter Claire Byrne would like to move further into current affairs -- but says that filling Anne Doyle's shoes on the 'Nine O'Clock News' would be "almost impossible".
Ms Byrne's 'Daily Show', which she co-hosts with Daithi O Se, is due to finish in March, and it is unclear what she will do then.
The former TV3 and Newstalk presenter said yesterday she would love to do more current affairs but didn't envy anyone faced with the prospect of replacing Ms Doyle.
"I have read the news in the past," she said.
"That job would be hugely challenging for whoever takes it over, because the problem is, when you have someone like Anne Doyle, who is such an iconic figure in Ireland, people are probably going to not like you for the first while you do it.
"So I wouldn't envy anyone walking into that space and trying to pick up where Anne left off; I think it is almost an impossible task."
Ms Byrne said she was always aware 'The Daily Show' was due to end but said she thrived on the uncertainty of the media profession.
"I could be doing something completely different, who knows, that's the joy of working in media at my end of the game," she said.
"The current affairs side of my career is very, very important to me. I love radio, I always have.
"So yes, I would like to do more programmes in the current affairs space, but I like being able to do a bit of both."
Ms Byrne was speaking at yesterday's launch of the First Fortnight Festival in Dublin's Temple Bar -- an event designed to change the public perception of mental health issues.
"This is primarily an arts event, dealing with bands, dealing with Temple Bar venues and it's just really, really exciting," she said in her role as an ambassador for See Change, a national umbrella organisation of 50 groups working towards a better understanding of mental health issues," she said.
"It should form, I hope, the basis for a very innovative new look at how we deal with mental health issues."
The festival, which kicked off last night, will use live music, spoken-word, theatre, film, photography, and street and other visual arts to create open discussion and understanding on the subject.
Paul Walsh, frontman of the band Royseven, who will play during the festival, also helped launch the event said: "We have been running workshops for young people about writing songs and how that is a mechanism for thinking."
The festival will run until January 14.