Friday 23 March 2018

'My new TV3 show is gone into limbo with change-over' - Pamela Flood

TV presenter Pamela Flood
TV presenter Pamela Flood
Pamela Flood with husband Ronan Ryan
Pamela Flood
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Pamela Flood's new TV3 show has "gone into limbo" as a result of the staff changes in the station.

Pamela had been set to do a new programme called Geriatric Mothers for TV3 and was due to start filming it this summer.

However, she revealed to the Diary that the project appears to have been put on the long-finger after Lynda McQuaid left the station last February.

The surprise move came just one year after she started, with RTE's Bill Malone recently confirmed as her replacement as director of programming by new owners Virgin Media.

"I still haven't got a green light on it," said Pamela.

"There's obviously been the change-over in TV3 so Lynda McQuaid is gone. It's kind of gone into limbo."

But the former Off the Rails presenter remained optimistic that the show will go ahead some time.

"It's going to happen at some point," she said.

"Obviously, it's not happening when it is supposed to be which is pretty much now, but I hope it does (happen) because I think it will be great."

The mum-of-three was asked to make the show due to her experience of being an older mum, given that she had all three children in her 40s.

She now has Gracie (9 months), Elsie (2) and Harrison (5) with husband Ronan Ryan.

The former Miss Ireland experienced a backlash on social media as a result of speaking openly about having babies at a later stage in life, but has dismissed the keyboard warriors as "all nuts".

Meanwhile, she's hoping to return to work shortly. Herself and Ronan have moved their clean-living cafe Counter Culture venue to Mercer Street.

"We're trying to sort child-minding at the moment so I have that joyous task," she said.

"It's an absolute juggle and unless Mary Poppins appears on my doorstep, it's not going to be easy. I'm looking forward to it, getting in to work. I'm dying to get stuck in again."

She admits that it's much tougher to get out and about from her home in Clontarf now that she has three children.

"That's the thing about being at home, you miss adult conversation," she said.

"Sometimes my phone doesn't ring all day and you think to yourself, Oh God please someone ring me about the electricity bill, or anything."

A TV3 spokeswoman said a final decision on Pamela's proposed show lay with the incoming director of programming, Bill Malone, who starts work in October.

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