Maura gets advice from Sheana on going solo
RTE afternoon TV presenter Maura Derrane was briefed by former co-presenter Sheana Keane in preparation for her first solo broadcast today.
The 40-year-old, who hosts new show 'Four Live' on RTE One, had dinner in Dublin last week with her former colleague, who was recently dropped by RTE.
"Sheana wished me the best of luck and told me she was confident I will do a good job. It was great to hear. We are in contact quite a bit and on great terms," she told the Irish Independent.
The pair jointly hosted RTE's 'Afternoon Show' but today Ms Derrane presents a new solo show in the same slot.
It will be followed by Claire Byrne and Daithi O Se on 'The Daily Show'.
The pair have laughed off comparisons to UK presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, who were reportedly told to sit closer together after disappointing ratings for their ITV 'Daybreak' Show.
"Myself and Daithi haven't had any directive from RTE about how near we should sit to each other.
"The relationship we have is a very professional one and I don't think either of us should pretend it's anything else.
"If you start to manufacture a relationship, people see through it and lose respect for you. We're just going to be ourselves and we get on great," Byrne said.
The pair have also denied claims the programme is a copy of the BBC's 'One' show.
"That's not true at all. The programme we're doing hasn't been done anywhere before on RTE or BBC. It's really news and entertainment put across in a different way," O Se said.
At the heart of the current affairs and entertainment show will be the 5pm news bulletin, sparking discussion between the pair and each day's star guest, who will contribute throughout the one-hour programme.
Gerry Ryan's eldest daughter Lottie (24) has landed a job as showbusiness reporter on the show, and will appear every Monday giving the latest gossip from the world of entertainment.