Friday 17 November 2017

Poised debut for live show despite glitches

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

'MORNING Edition' presenter Keelin Shanley revealed how technical glitches were conquered as she hosted her first show – including getting the coffee machine to work for the early-morning team.

The 44-year-old was given a round of applause when she came off air by the show's production team for her cool handling of "day one gremlins".

The new rolling news service had only been on air 45 minutes when footage of songwriter Brendan Keely performing his 'Song For Ireland' failed to materialise, leaving the show's host to quickly switch. "It could have been a much bigger accident so I thought that was pretty good going," Shanley said.

"I don't know what happened, other than somebody saying in my ear, 'there's a bit of a problem, but let's move on'.

"The people in the gallery were that cool about it. It's easy to be cool on camera when everyone around you is so calm."

The other technical problem faced by the team was their new coffee machine.

"We were in for half-five that morning and we spent the first 20 minutes trying to get it working," added Shanley.

But overall the presenter said both herself and the team had been very happy with the first 'Morning Edition' and she praised the work of editor Anthony Murnane.

However, she admitted to a rush of nerves just before they were about to go on air at 9am.

"One minute you're in rehearsals, the next minute you're going live.

"What's great about live TV is that everything goes really quick," she said.

TV3 called up some of its most popular stars to counter its new RTE rival, interviewing 'Dublin Wives' star Danielle Meagher and then the cast of 'Tallafornia' on Ireland AM in the first hour just as 'Morning Edition' aired.

Stressing how the new RTE programme reacted to breaking news, host Shanley said the only downside to this was having to drop guests at the last minute.

"News is happening all the time so inevitably things which we spent time preparing are going to get knocked out."

Irish Independent

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