Saturday 17 March 2018

Women rule the airwaves at RTE, says 2fm star Jennifer Zamparelli


Eimear Rabbitt

She describes herself as "the token bird" on 2fm's morning radio show, Breakfast Republic. But RTE TV and radio star Jennifer Zamparelli reckons that women are to the fore front of what is good at the State broadcaster.

The appointment of Dee Forbes as the first ever female director general at RTE has been applauded amid calls for more women in management roles.

But when it comes to TV, Bridget and Eamon star Jen reckons that women are more than holding their own.

"Jesus Christ, you can't get Kathryn Thomas off anything, she's on everything at the minute," Jen told the Herald.

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

"There are a lot of women on screen - look at Claire Byrne, look at Miriam O'Callaghan. Some of the best presenters in RTE are women, so I personally haven't experienced sexism in that respect. Maybe other women have, but I haven't."

As well as "bouncing around ideas" for more TV projects - including a possible second series of her RTE2 show Bridget and Eamon - the mum-of-one is in negotiations about a new 2fm contract. The Baldoyle native presents the early-morning show alongside her 'TV husband' Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh.

"We started on two-year contracts and now we're in chats ... but we're not going anywhere. We are going to be staying with 2fm. It feels like home now," she added.

Jen took time out yesterday to launch 3Money, the new pre-paid debit service from mobile operator 3 and MasterCard.


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