Sunday 25 February 2018

'When you're 30 years plus at it like I am, I hope you can cope in some shape or form' Eileen Dunne on last night's RTE technical failure

Eileen Dunne - unflappably fantastic
Eileen Dunne - unflappably fantastic

Sasha Brady

Newsreader Eileen Dunne has revealed how it was "panic stations" at the RTE newsroom last night amid technical issues which delayed the Nine O'Clock News.

A technical issue caused the sound desk to crash, forcing the news team to move to a new studio which delayed the news by 11 minutes.

"We had to make a call and go with it," the veteran presenter revealed to the Ray D'Arcy Show this afternoon.

However, when they finally got going,  Eileen was forced to read the news from a paper script on her desk, due to issues with the autocue.

"That was as much my fault as everybody else's," she said with a laugh.

"I need to learn how to load [the autocue] myself."

Eileen's professionalism was applauded online "for playing a blinder" but when Ray D'Arcy read out the messages of praise, the news anchor was quick to brush them off.

Read more: 'Technical issues' delays RTE's Nine O'Clock News for over ten minutes

"Well sure fair play to everyone because there was a team around me too," she said good-naturedly.

When the Radio One broadcaster inquired if RTE provide training for these unforeseen circumstances, Eileen admitted that they don't.

"When you're 30 years plus at it like I am, I hope you can cope in some shape or form" she said.

The newsreader also revealed that last night's technical failure wasn't the worst thing that's ever happened.

"There would have been smaller things over the years and then little things that people don't even realise happened.

"Things that get covered up better, shall we say," she added.

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