Sybil Mulcahy is taking a redundancy deal from TV3 after a successful 16-year career at the station.
The presenter will quit her full-time job at the Ballymount station in April after a five-week run on the new show ‘Life.’ But she will continue to work on a freelance basis for TV3.
Mulcahy (40) has been a star performer for the television company, presenting The Morning Show with Sybil and Martin for several years.
“Everybody is shocked in work, but I decided a while ago, I’ve been in TV3 for 16 years and I’m the longest serving female TV presenter at TV3, and I just kind of thought I’ve done every show practically,” she said.
“It’s time now for a new project and a change to something else.”
The popular mother-of-three started her broadcasting career in San Diego in California before returning to Ireland to join TV3.
She started out in the newsroom and then went on to work for the Xpose team.
Later, she teamed up with Martin King to present the station’s morning show and after that, she joined the Midday programme.
“I just thought if I don’t do it now, I’ll never do it and I’ll still be in TV3 in 10 years. I know it’s probably rare for someone to walk away from a presenting role but it’s the right time,” she said. “TV3 want me to stay on and do programmes for them. They asked me to do that so I said I would.
“But I would go to other TV stations or make a move into radio. I need something to challenge me now, the right role.”
Sybil is open to offers and would have no problem moving to TV3 rival UTV Ireland.
“If they start doing Irish programmes – they’re only doing a news service at the moment – but if they do a breakfast show or a Nationwide or a chat show I’d be happy to talk to them.
“I’m kind of excited and nervous. I’m feeling ballsy, like, ‘what’s next?’”
“I just feel it’s the right time to find something new. Failing that, I’ll see the kids a lot more!”