'I'm over the moon' - Michelle Doherty revealed as TV3 Xposé's new host
Former radio DJ Michelle Doherty has scooped the much-hyped job of TV3 Xposé’s new host.
The Donegal woman beat off competition from several high-profile contenders including Daniella Moyles and Nadia Forde to land the role on the entertainment show.
The Irish actress, model and TV and radio presenter has already done presenting work with Phantom FM, RTE2’s Under Ether and Channel 6’s Night Shift and Day Shift.
She will now join Glenda Gilson, Lisa Cannon and Karen Koster on the entertainment show.
The 35-year-old was revealed by TV3 at an event in Dublin’s Marker Hotel this morning.
“It’s been really hard trying to keep this secret for the past week,” Michelle told the Herald. “I’m over the moon to get the job."
Michelle, who left Ireland for London last January to pursue her acting dream, credits Davina McCall with renewing her passion for presenting.
Based in the UK now, Michelle will travel to and from London for the presenting job. This could also mean that Doherty will be scooping up the exciting UK gigs.
Doherty, who did a screen test for TV3 on November 10, learned last Thursday that she had been successful.
Models Daniella Moyles and Nadia Forde were also tipped for the jet-setting job, as well as presenter Angela Scanlon, X Factor contestant Melanie McCabe, and model Pippa O'Connor.
Michelle is now set to cover the six month maternity leave of Aisling O’Loughlin.
"The Xpose presenters double up on the jobs by doing their own editing and producing their own packages," one TV3 insider told The Herald earlier this month.
Michelle’s day will start early too, with some mornings promising 5am starts for premieres and interviews with celebrities.
TV3 declined to comment on the salary for the new addition, although it’s been suggested the presenter will earn €20,000 for the six month’s work.
An insider told the Herald: "Presenters would do this job for free so keen are they to get on TV. The pay isn't great but there are perks like the use of luxury cars and free wardrobes full of clothes."