Wednesday 14 November 2018

'Xpose' presenter yet to agree pay

Lorraine Keane. Photo: Getty Images
Lorraine Keane. Photo: Getty Images

Richie Taylor

The new 'Xpose' presenter has admitted he has yet to discuss his salary with TV3 bosses amid suggestions that he will be paid just €20,000 for six months' work.

Sean Munsanje won the "dream job" ahead of 1,000 other applicants after a much-hyped competition, and will be the first male presenter on the daily entertainment magazine programme.

But he denied yesterday that he would be filling Lorraine Keane's shoes, and sources indicated his pay packet at the cash-strapped station would not compare with that of the experienced Keane.

"I really don't know," Mr Munsanje (28) told the Irish Independent yesterday when asked details about his terms and conditions.

"I've read about the €20,000 for six months (reports) but we haven't signed anything yet. I'm going in to TV3 on Tuesday to sort it all out. I'm not too worried about the six-month contract as I believe they just had that clause there to protect themselves."

Keane didn't watch the final episode of the reality show 'Total Xposure' on Tuesday night. A friend said last night she was aware Mr Munsanje had won, but she had "no comment to make on it one way or the other".

Holiday

The former television presenter is currently on holiday with her family in France.

She quit 'Xpose' earlier this year, later citing a desire to spend more time with her family although it is understood her agent is currently looking for work for her in various media circles.

Munsanje was adamant yesterday that his new role was not as a replacement for Keane. "There's no ghost of Lorraine hanging around out there any more; the only ghost there is one of stress, as the four of them are overworked," he said. "And it was really Karen Koster who actually replaced her."

The other 'Xpose' presenters -- Koster, Aisling O'Loughlin, Glenda Gilson and Lisa Cannon -- welcomed Munsanje.

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