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Sunday 18 November 2018

It's 'only a matter of time' until Grainne reads the news on RTE

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER: Grainne and Sile Seoige on their last afternoon show on RTE last Friday
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER: Grainne and Sile Seoige on their last afternoon show on RTE last Friday

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

It's a case of 'the Seoige must go on' as RTE star Grainne Seoige is tipped to return to her roots within the next year as part of the RTE news team.

A number of RTE staff have spoken of the likelihood that the gaelgeoir will return to a more serious broadcasting role on the evening news.

The veteran broadcaster has built up an extensive CV in news and current affairs, having anchored news bulletins on three other TV channels.

In 1996 she began her career as a newsreader with the launch of Teilifis na Gaeilge (now TG4), anchoring the 10pm news bulletin.

She then quickly shot to fame as one of Ireland's highest profile news personalities anchoring the nightly news on TV3 for four years.

Afterwards she went on to work as a news anchor on the now defunct Sky News Ireland before a brief stint at the Sky News Centre in London.

With nine years' experience of anchoring, producing and editing news bulletins under her belt, sources say it is only a matter of time until she is a member of the RTE news team.

Meanwhile, proving blood is thicker than water, Ms Seoige has said she is still keen on returning to television with her sister Sile.

Speaking after the sisters signed off for the last time on Seoige, Grainne said she was certain the pair would appear together on screen at some stage in the future.

"I definitely think that we will be back working together again," she said. "We wouldn't rule anything out at this stage and say yes or no to any offer that comes in from anywhere [even across the water]."

And as Grainne has her eye on news, Sile added that she wouldn't rule out a similar return to her roots.

"I would never say never to anything. As a presenter, I would always keep my options open to any offer that was on the cards, even with TG4. I had such a great time there and even worked with them last summer, so anything is possible," she mused.

The pair were also refreshingly honest about how the decision to axe the show took them both by surprise.

The sisters were not informed that the programme was to be scrapped until Tuesday evening, just hours before the station's press release.

Describing her feelings towards the announcement, Grainne said: "I'm confused I don't mind telling you. We had absolutely no idea it was going to end.

"Usually if things are a success they come back, but that's the times we're living in."

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