Thursday 12 December 2019

Kathryn Thomas: I don't see gender bias in RTE

RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas
RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTE star Kathryn Thomas has spoken about the issue of gender bias on Irish radio, insisting she has never found it to be a problem.

This week, Today FM's Louise Duffy said you "can't deny" that the station's daytime schedule was now an all-male zone. She was speaking after news broke that she is to be switched to an evening slot in August.

Kathryn, who has been covering for Ray D'Arcy on RTE Radio 1 this week, weighed in on the issue.

"I've had great opportunities. I'd done morning radio, I've done afternoon radio, I've done weekend stuff, and I love it. I can't comment about Today FM, but certainly in RTE that's never an issue," she said.

Kathryn Thomas at an IFTA screening of WHERE TO INVADE NEXT at The IFI, Dublin
Kathryn Thomas at an IFTA screening of WHERE TO INVADE NEXT at The IFI, Dublin

The well-known presenter, who's just back from holidaying in Greece with her other half, is busy working on a new TV project with RTE.

It's due out in September.

She also added that she would be "surprised" if the Voice of Ireland didn't come back for another instalment.

Kathryn said that she was in the dark about the future of the syndicated singing contest, but she expects RTE to make a decision shortly.

"I have no idea. They usually tell us at the end of June and I'm going through my own contract negotiations as well," she said.

"That would make it the sixth series. There's obviously a bit of life in the old dog yet."

One of the busiest presenters in RTE, Kathryn is also passionate about fitness, having fronted Operation Transformation since 2011 and is a big advocate of a healthy lifestyle.

Now in her second year running Pure Results boot camp, Kathryn is also lending her support to WellFest, which runs in Dublin's Herbert Park on September 17 and 18.


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