Anna Daly: 'I begged TV3 bosses for my own show, now I have to grab the chance'
Anna Daly has revealed how she “begged” TV3 bosses for her own show – and she’s delighted the gamble has paid off.
The busy mum-of-two has had to sacrifice her weekends for the opportunity to front Saturday and Sunday AM, but she said that it’s all worth it.
“Initially, when I suggested a weekend show, it was a ‘something for the weekend’ style show because I love those kinds of shows. And they told me, weekend telly is really expensive,” she told the Diary.
“So I had assumed that it was never going to happen because TV3 are all about costs and budgets and keeping things lean, but they’ve obviously changed their tune.
“I’m really enjoying it, it’s going really well. I begged them to give me that opportunity so I have to grab it. It’s a little bit of adjustment, but a really nice one, and it gives me a little bit of balance at home early in the week and into work later in the week.”
But she admits that there is a “sacrifice” when it comes to her social life.
“On a Friday and Saturday night when people are in the space of ‘Who’s coming on the p**s?’, that’s not an option for me unless there’s a big occasion. In saying that, I can have a glass of wine. It’s not Ireland AM hours. The kids are up on a Saturday morning when I’m leaving anyway, so the world is alive.
“I feel different to the way I would have on Ireland AM, where you’re leaving in the middle of the night.”
The bubbly presenter, who has children Euan (2) and James (4) with hubby Ben, recently moved into a new place in Greystones after two years renting locally as they waited for the right house to come up.
“We were happy enough there, the kids still go to the creche there. It was all working, but we were panicking day-to-day – worried that the landlord could have changed the rent at any given moment,” she said.
“So I totally get that fear of people renting and not knowing where they stand and having to budget. So I feel there’s more in the property thing. It’s what people are talking about.”
She has also started a new property slot on the show, which gives viewers a juicy look into multi-million euro homes. She said it’s a hit with viewers.
“It’s all about going into homes that you could only dream about affording, the €2m, €3m-plus kind of homes. We’ve done three or four of those,” she said.
“There’s a big appetite for property shows at the moment, even if it is the totally impractical: ‘Jaysus would you look at how the 1pc of society live’.”