NEW RTE rolling news show 'Morning Edition' had its first dry run yesterday – but only to RTE management.
News and current affairs head Kevin Bakhurst and RTE News Now editor Declan McBennett were among a small group to see presenter Keelin Shanley go before the cameras at 9am ahead of a two-hour mix of news, sport, business and topical discussion.
"Of course I was nervous, even on a dry run, but we've had so much support from management and all the news team, we know it's going to be a success," Ms Shanley told the Irish Independent.
The mother of two was up at 5am to cycle from her home in Dublin city centre to RTE for the start of her shift at 6am.
"There is no routine yet but I'm sure we'll start with the papers before meeting to decide what items we will cover and who we can book for the show that day," she said.
But the first guest on this Monday's show will be a pre-recorded interview with Bill Gates, who visited Ireland earlier this week to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"It was incredible to meet Bill Gates. What struck me was how straightforward he was and great at communicating ideas," said Ms Shanley.