Friday 23 February 2018

Seoige's warmth melts ice queen image

Grainne Seoige delivers reporting from Clarence House, London during the first broadcast of 'Daybreak' on Monday
Grainne Seoige delivers reporting from Clarence House, London during the first broadcast of 'Daybreak' on Monday

Shane Hickey and Ken Sweeney

TV presenter Grainne Seoige told yesterday how her ice queen image had been overhauled since she started work on the 'Daybreak' morning show on ITV in Britain.

"It's so amazing. I'm considered congenial and warm and natural and friendly," she said.

"Apparently the ice queen thing hasn't made it over there at all and long may it stay that way.

"Warmth and charm and humble -- I'm being reinvented over here. It's great."

The former newsreader made her debut on the high-profile show this week and has found the early schedule demanding but worth it.

"I love it. I'll tell you why. I've been in the studio for 15 years. I started out news-reading in 1996 and now I'm out and about. I actually really enjoy it," she said on radio yesterday.

"You eat when you get a chance to eat. It's a different world in that way. There is a tremendous work ethic.

"Everyone is always smiling and no one complains about being tired. It's really nice. They are non-moaney."

But the RTE star said she didn't know yet if she would be filling in for Christine Bleakley as the programme's main presenter.

"There is Kate (Garraway), also who has an awful lot of experience on the sofa from GMTV," she said.

"Kate is a lovely woman. We'll see what happens.

"I have already been on the sofa with John Stapleton a couple of weeks ago when I presented GMTV for a couple of days so they know I can do it."

The Connemara woman said she is being patient about the pronunciation of her name by male anchor Adrian Chiles.

"He's varying it. He's playing with the name at the moment and getting used to it," she said.

"He's a Brummie. It does take time. He can say Grainne but Seoige. . ."

Meanwhile, Grainne's sister Sile is set to be announced as a permanent weekend presenter on radio station Newstalk

The Irish Independent has learnt that the 30-year-old Galway woman is to be part of a radical overhaul of the station's weekend schedule.

In the summer, Ms Seoige stood in as holiday cover for station presenter Orla Barry on her show 'Weekend Blend'.

However, it is not known if this is the slot that Newstalk management wants her to occupy in the new schedule, to be launched in the coming days.

Ms Seoige was unavailable for comment last night, as was a spokesman for Newstalk.

Irish Independent

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