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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Claire's in TV3 hotseat as Sybil takes a baby break

TV3 has a new anchor for its morning show as Sybil Mulcahy prepares to take up maternity leave.

Claire Brock will move from roles in researching and reporting to front The Morning Show with Martin King.

The girlfriend of former Leinster rugby player Trevor Hogan, Claire first got her break in TV3 in 2002 -- but this is her biggest venture in front of the camera.

"Sybil is a tough act to follow. It will be a challenge for me -- but it is something very different. I am really excited about it," she told the Diary.

The DCU student, who met Trevor while both studied journalism, supported her man as the former Leinster player campaigned to break the Gaza blockade.

And she was there to greet Trevor at Dublin airport on his return home after he had been held in an Israeli prison.

Trevor, along with 13 others, were detained after their boat, the MV Saoirse, was intercepted by Israel in June last year.

Claire has worked as a researcher and reporter at TV3 but she said that presenting the show is her most challenging job to date.

"I have always worked in news and I see The Morning Show as an extension of that with a human interest element.

"It's the first time I will have gone off autocue. It will be very different and challenging, but I'm looking forward to being back in front of the camera."

Claire (31) started out on a work placement in TV3 and left in 2004 to pursue a full-time radio career, working in East Coast FM and Q102, before moving to 98FM where she was a main news anchor.

She returned to TV3 in 2007 and was brought into the production side.

Claire, who hails from Glenageary, was working as a producer on 3e's flagship news show fyi when she got the call to take part in The Morning Show.

Claire will run through everything on set with the team from next week.

"Sybil is off from April so next week they'll all go through the ropes with me," she said.

"Up until now it has just been the screen test.

"I know Martin and the team, we're all in the newsroom together.

"I am really looking forward to working with them."

Director of news and information programming Andrew Hanlon said that they were thrilled to welcome the Dubliner to the show.

"She is a star of the future and one to watch," he said. "I think the viewers of The Morning Show will really warm to her."

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