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New ITV job will see Grainne take home €300k

GRAINNE SEOIGE is set to receive €300,000 in paychecks a year as she prepares to doublejob between ITV and RTE.

The brunette beauty (36) has just been named as the new Features Editor for ITV's Daybreak – and the combination of her morning show duties along with her three presenting roles on RTE this season – the TV star is set to bank approximately €300,000.

It is estimated that the All Ireland Talent Show host earns approximately €200,000 from the state broadcaster and promotions work here, while her latest role on the revamped GMTV is set to net her an additional €100,000.

An RTE spokesperson said: “We want to make it clear that there is no acrimony and we are very happy to have an ongoing relationship with her.”

Her new high-profile job is a massive step up the career ladder for the ambitious brunette who will join big names including Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley on the programme.

Her new role will start when Daybreak is officially launched on September 6.

Grainne told the Herald: “I am so excited about my new role and delivering the very best in features to the Daybreak audience.”

It's unclear how she will juggle working for both stations this Autumn but it's thought that she may fly back to Dublin at the weekends to film the All Ireland Talent Show.

She is continuing to carve out a new life for herself in the wake of confirming her split from husband Stephen Cullinane at the start of last month.

Grainne, who has worked with all of Ireland's stations, started off her career with TG4 before moving to TV3 when it first launched in 1998, then joining Sky News Ireland and eventually RTE in 2006.

Huge speculation hung over her next career move after her daytime chat show Seoige was axed, with the station enlisting her to present The All Ireland Talent Show.

But for the past few months, the star has featured more frequently on early morning programme GMTV and spent the whole of last week filling in for GMTV contributor Richard Arnold.