Saturday 24 March 2018

I’m staying put and won’t be moving to UTV, promises TV3 golden girl Karen Koster

Karen Koster says TV3 losing soaps to UTV is a ‘great opportunity’

Karen Koster
Karen Koster

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TV3 golden girl Karen Koster has pledged her future to the broadcaster.

The star of entertainment Xpose has said she will never consider leaving the Ballymount station — as long as she is content there.

“No, absolutely not,” she told the Herald. “I won't be going anywhere while I am happy with TV3.”

One of the most recognisable faces on TV3 screens, Koster said she would have no interest in jumping ship if a lucrative job came up with new market rival, UTV Ireland.

The UK broadcaster announced that it was setting up an Irish station in 2015 and has already nabbed the rights to broadcast some of TV3's most lucrative programmes, including soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.


But Koster said that losing the hit soaps, which are estimated to attract a fifth of TV3's audience figures, could be a good thing.

“To be honest, I think it's a great opportunity because it frees up broadcasting hours at 7pm where you think soaps are immovable,” said the 34-year-old.

“It creates opportunities and other jobs for people because TV is so hard to get work in.

“For other people who aren't working at the moment and girl broadcasters, of course I am going to support them.”


Koster and her colleagues are getting back into the swing of things after enjoying a quiet Christmas break and are looking forward to a busy year ahead.

“It's all go. We’re coming to awards season now, so there are talks about going to what we can in terms of the Oscars, the BAFTAS and the other award ceremonies,” she said, adding that she and her fellow fashionistas are hoping to get the nod to attend the glitzy awards, especially the Oscars in Los Angeles.

The blonde host was present at the launch by Sky of Ireland's biggest catch-up TV service, with TV3 included in the 43 channels now available to Sky viewers.

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