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Wednesday 21 February 2018

'There's a lot of seat-of-the-pants stuff' - Alison Comyn on filling Joe Duffy's slot on Liveline

Alison Comyn is filling in for Joe Duffy on RTE radio
Alison Comyn is filling in for Joe Duffy on RTE radio
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Former UTV Ireland presenter Alison Comyn has said she would relish the opportunity to do more work for RTE.

Alison is in the middle of a two-week stint filling in for Joe Duffy on Liveline and is proving to be a safe pair of hands.

"I was absolutely thrilled and honoured to be even asked to do it. It's a great privilege, even just for the few days, so I'm really enjoying it," she told the Herald.

"I would love to do more stuff for RTE. It's a great challenge."

The broadcaster, who has been in the media business for the past 22 years, said there was "no time" to get nervous before taking over the RTE Radio 1 programme.

"It's a busy show. There's so much going on, but I love a good challenge," she said. "You don't realise how much goes into it, but at the same time there's a lot of seat-of-the-pants stuff going on as well.

"You could have a running order at the start of the show, but then it could go right out the window.

"In previous jobs we tended to react to the news, but this is all fresh stuff. This is creating news, this is the agenda and it's all happening to real people."

Alison said the feedback had been "very positive", which she said was wonderful as she had some "big shoes to fill".

"The show is an institution and change is always going to be difficult, even just for a short while, but people have been great," she said. "I love getting the opportunity to be another female broadcaster on the airwaves."

Alison anchored UTV Ireland's news and current affairs shows until the channel's closure in January after it was taken over by Virgin Media Ireland.

"I was sad for the channel and sad obviously for the people, but these things happen in TV and in the media industry - there's so much flux," she said.

"It didn't come as a huge surprise, but I miss my colleagues."

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