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I want pal Anna on my new show - Blathnaid

RTE presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh is hoping for a reunion with her old Afternoon Show pal Anna Nolan, the Herald can reveal.

The flame-haired broadcaster (41) is busy preparing for her new Cork-based programme, which will hit the small screen on Fridays from November 9.

And she said that top of her wishlist of dream guests for Today is outspoken Herald columnist Anna, with whom she worked for three years.

"I'm looking forward to it and I've given the team lists of people that I say need to be on the show. I want my mate Anna on it, I'd love her to be there," she said.

"I know it's a lot to ask for people in Dublin to go down to Cork on the train but do you know what, I think they'd regret it if they didn't.


"I want journalists and people with opinions on it. Between myself and Norah Casey, our circle of people is very unusual and we have very different people in our lives and yet we get on very well."

She explained how despite their strong personalities, she and the former Dragons' Den star get on like a house on fire.

Blathnaid, who marks her first daytime TV show since 2009, added that the fact that they both shoot from the hip makes them more compatible.

"Norah and I have known each other a long time, she's lovely. She's straight up like me and people can relate to that."

The pair's new Friday programme has been outsourced to Cork by RTE.

She will be taking a very hands-on approach to the new show and is keen to have lots of input into the format.

"I've been sending lists and emails and ideas to the team and the response has been brilliant. They're all into you being involved. I'm a production person, I don't just turn up and do it. If I go on air, they're my words," she added.


She's also in the middle of filming another new RTE show The Moment Of Truth, which is interview-based and airs at 10.15am on Sundays.

"It's all about the huge choices that people are making with their lives and I love that they're all just normal people that we could all relate to," she said.