Friday 24 November 2017

'People were just in and out the door, almost on a weekly basis' - Nikki Hayes on working in RTE TV

Nikki Hayes
Nikki Hayes

Sean O'Grady

Presenter Nikki Hayes has said life on the radio is much more secure than in the cut-throat world of TV.

The 4FM DJ has previously hosted her own show on RTE but doesn't miss life in front of the cameras, where presenters are regularly let go to make room for fresh faces.

"Nobody ever knows this, but I had my own TV show in RTE. It was on a Sunday morning," she told the Herald.

"It was called SMS, the Sunday Morning Show. It was a 25-minute music show. It's very cut-throat, TV.

"I like being in the background. I do contributions on the Today Show and Ireland AM but nothing solid."

The Bray native ultimately decided that a career on the small screen was not right for her.

"I found when I was working in young people's TV in RTE that people were just in and out the door, almost on a weekly basis. It wasn't for me," she said.

"Even though the industry we work in can be hard, it's a lot more secure than TV."

Nikki feels TV is too focused on "superficial things like appearance" and she does not think she had the right personality for it.

"It's very much on your appearance. Some of the guys would have been there for a long time. You have to be a big personality. It takes a different type of person to do that," she said.

Nikki has previously spoken of her struggles with mental health following a breakdown she suffered last year.

Although she has received great support from her fans, she has also been targeted by trolls.

"Twitter is my main social outlet. They've been unbelievable and really supportive. I think I've had two bad comments ever," she said.

"One person asked, 'Are you proud of mental health? You're always talking about it'. I said, 'That's like asking someone who has cancer, are they proud of having cancer?

"It's so stupid. But comments like that are far and few between."

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