SHE was an integral part of the newsroom and Bryan Dobson admitted that seeing his former colleague Anne Doyle in the ‘Anchorman 2':The Legend Continues’ movie trailer was a reminder of how much she is missed in RTE.
“Anne hasn’t changed at all and she’s fantastic fun, I really miss her,” Dobson said. “She’s a great laugh around the place and I think people understand a little more that she’s completely different to how she would appear on TV.
“Most people are quite like the way they are on TV in real life, but she’s not at all.”
The ‘Six One’ newscaster spotted the trailer, which sees Anne in her early days delivering her iconic greeting ‘Good evening, the headlines tonight’, on Twitter and told the Irish Independent that he couldn’t believe his eyes seeing the Wexford-born veteran on screen.
“I saw the first movie and obviously the whole thing was about the female character coming into a male environment.
“That was kind of the way with Anne, because she is a trailblazer and almost unique as a female news anchor when she started.
“She fits into the theme alright anyway.”
Until yesterday morning legendary broadcaster never heard of Ron Burgundy or the Channel 4 news team.
"To my shame I have to admit that I have never seen Anchorman," she told the Herald.
Anne was bombarded with calls yesterday morning regarding the clip but needed partner Dan McGratten to clarify what everyone was talking about.
"I got all these text messages and phone calls and I turned to Dan and asked 'What's Anchorman?' and he said 'Oh, for God's sake!"
With such a prominent role in the trailer Anne now intends on renting the film. "I will watch it now because everyone tells me how hilarious it is," she said. "Dan says it's very funny."
The trailer begins with a clip from a grey 1980s RTE newsroom, a brunette Anne welcomes the audiences with her mantra: "Good evening, the headlines ... "
As ever the poised former presenter is taking the cameo appearance in her stride.
"I imagine they're doing it in every market so I'm not really cracking Hollywood, am I?" she said.
"I'm taking it with a pinch of salt. It's just a bit of fun really."
It's not the 61-year-old's first brush with the movie industry. Anne also appeared in John Boorman's 1998 film The General.
"Regrettably I'm not in the Anchorman movie but I did make an appearance in The General."
"They filmed a news bulletin and I was presenting it. So there's always that," she laughed.
Anne presented the news on RTE for over 33 years and is now enjoying retirement.
Her final news broadcast took place on December 26, 2011 and she signed off with "For me it's been a pleasure. Good fortune, goodbye."