Tuesday 18 September 2018

'If viewers talk about what we wear, we aren't doing the job right' - Keelin Shanley

New ‘Six One’ anchors Keelin Shanley and Caitríona Perry
New ‘Six One’ anchors Keelin Shanley and Caitríona Perry

Sean O'Grady

KEELIN Shanley has insisted that she is not worried about her sartorial choices on the Six One becoming a talking point among viewers as she gears up to host the RTE show.

Current host Sharon Ni Bheolain and other RTE stars, such as Miriam O’Callaghan and Jean Byrne, have had viewers criticise their outfits while on camera.

O’Callaghan became a national talking point on social media during a memorable episode of Prime Time when she wore a choker.

Ni Bheolain has also raised eyebrows in the past with casual outfits choices like leather jackets and jeans.

However, Shanley insisted neither she nor co-host Caitriona Perry will be trying to draw attention to their clothes.

“You do what you do. I’ve never found it to be a huge issue,” she said.

“It’s not something I focus on hugely. If it happens, it happens.

“It’s not our job to go out there looking for attention for our clothes.

New ‘Six One’ co-host Keelin Shanley. Photo: Tony Gavin
New ‘Six One’ co-host Keelin Shanley. Photo: Tony Gavin

“It’s our job to go out there and do as good a job as we can.”

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The Dubliner reckons that if broadcasters’ outfits become a talking point, it could mean that they are not doing their job properly.

“I suppose if we get attention for our clothes, we’re probably not doing it right. We shall see how it goes,” she said.

With her replacing Ni Bheolain and Bryan Dobson, Shanley believes it is inevitable that the show will have a completely different feel when they take over the hosting chairs in January.

“I think just having two new people will obviously make it different.

“Will it change in other ways? I’d say the thing will be to get it on the air, get it established and then maybe look at what you might do differently or what you might keep the same, it’s like any programme,” she told Independent.ie.

“You’re moving into one of the best established programmes, so it’s a fine line between you don’t want to mess it up and equally, everybody wants to bring their own thing to it.”

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Seasoned broadcaster Shanley currently presents News at One on RTE Radio 1 and Crimecall on RTE One, which Ni Bheolain will be fronting in the new year.

Perry currently serves as RTE’s Washington correspondent and recently said she is not nervous about presenting Six One after having spent years in the news business.

“I’ve been in broadcast journalism for a long time now, so I’m more concerned about packing up my life and moving continents,” she said.

“I’ll be back in the US packing, and then I’ll move back home over the Christmas break and get ready to start in January.”

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