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I wasn't sorry to see axe fall on The Afternoon Show, reveals Blathnaid

Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh insists that she wasn't disappointed to see the series she had hosted for five years, The Afternoon Show, axed this autumn.

The mum of four quit the show last September citing ill health, making way for Maura Derrane, who now fronts new series Four Live at 4pm every day.

Blathnaid (39) told the Herald how she believes it was time for station bosses to freshen up their afternoon programming and admits she is impressed with their choice of replacement shows.

"I wasn't sad to see it go," she said. "It was the end of an era. I thought it was time for a change. It needed to be updated and the new set looks great.

"I had a meeting at the same time on Monday so I only caught a bit of it (The Daily Show) but I was impressed.


"The only thing that ever stays the same in RTE is The Late Late Show. The rest will always change.

"It was a great time for me but it feels like a hundred years ago now.

"I don't have an issue with what comes after you because I'm so used to it. I mean everything I did had to come to an end so I could move onto the next challenge.

"That's the nature of this business. It's great now that I have more free time to work on other projects."

The chatty broadcaster went on to explain how she loves her new role as the manager of Nobber football team on RTE reality show Celebrity Bainisteoir.

"I was screaming my head off in the first episode. I was just so happy I won."