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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Kathryn Thomas in talks with RTE bosses over new radio show

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Padraig McLaughlin and Kathryn Thomas
RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas. Picture: Anthony Woods

Elaine McCahill

She may be RTE's most utilised TV starlet, but broadcaster Kathryn Thomas is hungry for more air time.

The Voice of Ireland host is now determined to host her own radio show.

"Radio is something I'd definitely like to do more of," she told the Diary.

"I'd like my own show, but I don't think it will happen before Christmas as I'm heading into silly season on TV, but we'll see what happens."

Kathryn said she's made "inroads" with RTE bosses and the format of the show will be similar to hugely popular US radio programme This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass.

"I always enjoy being out and about, so there would be a lot of recorded pieces with people," Kathryn said.

Padraig McLaughlin and Kathryn Thomas
Padraig McLaughlin and Kathryn Thomas

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"I always fancied getting into people's work space and interviewing local butchers or hairdressers and spending time with them and then bringing them in to the studio to sort of co-present.

"It's definitely on the cards, we're working on different ideas and RTE Radio 1 is where they're keeping me," she added.

Kathryn has more than earned her stripes on the airwaves as she's frequently filled in on RTE Radio 1 over the years.

Kathryn Thomas, left and Aoibheann McCaul at the RTE new season launch at the Smock Alley Theatre. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas, left and Aoibheann McCaul at the RTE new season launch at the Smock Alley Theatre. Photo: Damien Eagers


She is also on a high after a radio documentary she worked on was nominated for the 'Radio Oscars', the Prix Europa awards. Music Passport: Journey through Genocide was recorded last year, as Kathryn travelled to Rwanda during the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide there.

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It's shaping up to be a busy period for the 35-year-old, who has just signed on to present The Voice of Ireland and Operation Transformation.

"I used to be really paranoid as this industry is really fickle. I don't worry about it all too much now," she said.

She has just returned from a relaxing holiday in Greece with her beau Padraig McLoughlin and said she almost managed the whole week away without using her smartphone.

"I did really well, but by the end I wanted to post some pictures so a few days before we left I caved. I think I did well to get that far," she said.

Her Pure Results bootcamp was so successful this summer that Kathryn has decided to expand for next year.

"We're making it a full-time business now, so that's exciting," she said.

"We'll be operating out of Dromore Castle."

Kathryn was speaking at the launch of Centra's Walk the World campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society's Action Breast Cancer programme.


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