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Saturday 2 August 2014

Kathryn Thomas reveals excitement at becoming a TV producer

EIMEAR RABBITTE AND LAURA BUTLER

Published 08/04/2014|07:45

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Guests arrive at Smashbox Influence private dinner at Fade Street Social, Dublin, Ireland - 13.01.14. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

She's already established herself as one of the country's leading ladies when it comes to TV presenting and now Kathryn Thomas is looking to spread her production wings too.

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The host of Operation Transformation and The Voice of Ireland revealed to the Diary that she's keen to develop more of her own programme formats and has been running her project ideas by the head honchos in RTE.

And even though her busiest time of year is coming to a close now that both her shows are almost at an end, Carlow native Kathryn is looking to stay in front of the cameras over the summer.

"I've a few things in the pipeline but nothing has been confirmed or signed off on; I'm in the 'talks' stage with RTE at the moment.

"But I'm excited, there's discussion to do both a one-off programme and a summer series of some kind, and I'm pitching a lot of ideas to them because I've my own production company and I think it's really important to be putting forward my own stuff," she revealed.

"I'd love to get my own format off the ground, so that's what I'm looking to do more of."

Kathryn already has some experience in the area.

"I was associate producer on No Frontiers for three years and it's definitely something I love to do. That would absolutely be something I'd see as a vision down the line, to do more of when I can."

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But first, the 35-year-old is treating herself to a break over in California to visit sister Linda.

"I never got to go over for Oscar season in the end because I was in Rwanda, so I'm really looking forward to a couple of weeks hanging out there with Linda and just chilling out.

"I'm doing another stint on the John Murray Show again soon too. I've been asked to do a couple of fill in slots for him, which I can't wait for. That's always fun and that'll be when I get back," she said.

Kathryn joined her Operation Transformation colleagues over the weekend at the IFTAs and the group were overjoyed when the RTE dieting series bagged the award for Best Reality Programme in Television.

But blonde beauty Kathryn, who attended with her beau Padraig McLoughlin, admitted it came as a surprise.

"Our win happened out of nowhere and there were no cameras on us in the room at the time either so we didn't think we were going to win it at all. We were sort of congratulating all the others in our heads actually, so it's fantastic to see it win," she said.

"We work so hard and I don't think anyone can deny that it really has a place in people's hearts when it's on. It's a programme that has an effect, a show that works and gets people talking."

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