Sunday 22 April 2018

'I wasn't worried when Xpose was cut to three days' - Karen Koster

Karen Koster at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Karen Koster at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sean O'Grady

Karen Koster has said she didn't worry about her future on Xpose after it was revealed that the show had been cut to only three episodes a week.

The entertainment news programme had aired five days a week since its inception in 2007 until it was recently announced it would be cut down to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Far from worrying about what may be in store for the show, Karen insisted she and her co-hosts are busier than ever.

"That just shows my glass-half-full mentality. I have never been shaken in my confidence of Xpose. Even when we were told about that schedule change, I in no way had any worry," she said.

Ruth O'Neil, Glenda Gilson, Cassie Stokes and Karen Koster. Pic: TV3
Ruth O'Neil, Glenda Gilson, Cassie Stokes and Karen Koster. Pic: TV3

"We're given a slot at 8pm between the two Coronation Streets, which is a ratings gift. We're kind of the Corrie sandwich."

Karen said the change to the schedule means the team will be producing more online content and will also have more time to work on the segments that go out on the show. "We're doing more Facebook Live, more online. There's a new set, we're always keeping it fresh," she said.

"People have asked if we're doing less work now that it's on three days, but we're absolutely not at all.

"I haven't stopped. It just gives us more time to do outside broadcasts, the likes of the Facebook Live. It's given us time to rap it up a gear if anything."

Karen Koster
Karen Koster

Karen, who is mum to Finn (2) and JJ (1), admitted she was not much of a "kid person" before she had her own.

"I think you're more empathetic to people. You look at mums differently, you look at parents differently when you have kids," she told the Diary.

"I was never a massive kid person. I think you're allowed to say that. I would never have said to myself, 'Oh, I'm great with kids, I'm such a natural'. Not at all.

"Thankfully, I was a natural with my own."

Dubliner Karen reckons she has changed "100pc" since becoming a parent with husband John McGuire.

"I think I'm a better person. I'm still the old me, but I have these two little people who have a tug on me like I have never known in my life," she said.

"I think they bring out the best in me.

"You realise you can do something you never thought you could, and you also have more patience than you realise. Your body is capable of more than you thought."

Karen was speaking at the launch of the partnership between the ISPCC and Tipperary Kidz Water, which will see Tipperary Kidz make a donation from every pack sold to help fund the charity's Childline service.

"It means that Childline can be easily accessed by children who are feeling troubled, fearful or in difficulty," said the TV3 host.

Read more: Cut! TV3 drops number of weekly Xpose episodes from five to three

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