'Ryan is giving me some good advice' says Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
Published 29/07/2013 | 11:56
RTE's new weekend presenter says boyfriend Ryan Tubridy has been giving her plenty of tips on how to work the airwaves.
Taking over from Miriam O'Callaghan -- super mum and RTE's hardest-working broadcaster -- is no mean feat.
But Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain says boyfriend and 2fm golden boy Ryan Tubridy has been giving her plenty of tips on how to work the airwaves.
"Ryan has been a great support the past couple of weeks," the former Rose of Tralee contestant said.
"He has been brilliant. He has given me loads of tips and advice for interviews. He is brilliant at what he does and he has been doing it for a lot longer.
"I have a lot of learn and if anyone wants to give me advice I will take it," the 30-year-old brunette added.
But Aoibhinn is insistent that her natural charisma and ability got her the gig -- not her relationship with Ryan. "People can say what they like. I don't think there is any sort of nepotism there," she said.
"It's the people who are in charge of RTE Radio 1 who decide who are asked or not.
"I've been in the media for eight years. It's not a fly-by-night thing -- I have worked really hard and am delighted to get this opportunity."
Now in her third week of presenting Aoibhinn And Company, the Mayo native says she relishes the Sunday morning slot.
"It is definitely a challenge; I don't feel like I am in my comfort zone at all with it.
"But I just feel so privileged and lucky to have it."
While Aoibhinn may be enjoying being in the studio, this week, some of Ireland's top radio presenters aired their frustration at the lack of female radio stars in the country.
"Everyone knows there is a real problem and it simply has to be solved," Miriam O'Callaghan said.
"Looking at recent figures in radio, it seems pretty clear that listeners really like listening to women.
"So the old myth that women don't like listening to other women is obviously totally wrong."
Louise McSharry who is currently covering for Ryan Tubridy on 2fm, believes female presenters have to fight much harder to land prime-time gigs.
"There's plenty of female talent out there. Ruth Scott and Jenny Greene are great on 2fm, but women have to compete really hard to get high-profile roles."