Monday 18 December 2017

Grainne's taking poor showing in stride, says Sile

Sile Seoige at the Good Food Ireland Conference and award ceremony which took place in the Shelbourne Hotel yesterday
Sile Seoige at the Good Food Ireland Conference and award ceremony which took place in the Shelbourne Hotel yesterday
Sile said her sister Grainne is not stressing over whether her TV show will get the chop

Kevin Keane

BROADCASTER Sile Seoige insisted yesterday her sister Grainne is not wasting time worrying about whether her British TV breakfast show 'Daybreak' will get the chop.

She also denied reports that Grainne has been warned by ITV bosses that the programme was on the way out.

Grainne Seoige has been at the centre of intense speculation that she could be making an early exit from her job as features editor on the morning programme fronted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

The show has made a terrible start since replacing 'GMTV' in September, drawing in just a third of the viewers of its main rival, 'BBC Breakfast'.

But Sile said her sister was taking the negative reports in her stride.

"She doesn't stress about it and she's right not to, it's just a waste of energy," Sile said yesterday.

"Personally, I think it's a very good show. Usually with new shows people criticise them and try to pull them down."

The younger sister told the Irish Independent that she last saw Grainne over the weekend, when they hung out together.

"I was with her on Saturday, after my show on Newstalk finished. We ended up watching 'X-Factor' together and having dinner and just chilling out."

Sile made her comments at the Good Food Ireland Conference in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel where the country's top hoteliers and food producers were gathered to promote the food-tourism industry.


On the subject of own career, Sile said she was enjoying her move from TV to radio much more than she thought she would.

"I find that I've revealed more about myself in the radio stuff that I've done this year than I ever have in my TV career because it's about putting your own opinion across in a conversation," Sile said.

The Galway-born Gaeilgeoir recently landed her own weekly show on Newstalk after a successful stand-in slot over the summer on the 'Tom Dunne show'. 'Shenanigans with Sile' is broadcast each Saturday.

Sile describes the show as 'feel-good radio' and is promising listeners no stories on Anglo or the recession. "It's a bit bold, it's fun," she said.

Irish Independent

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