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STAYING PUT: Elaine loves TV3

STAYING PUT: Elaine loves TV3

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

STAYING PUT: Elaine loves TV3

THERE may be no man on the scene at the moment, but broadcaster Elaine Crowley is still having the time of her life.

The 36-year-old TV3 host has just returned from a two-week girly getaway in the Caribbean and is feeling fresh after returning to work at the Ballymount-based station.

“It was amazing, very chilled out,” she told the Diary.

“I’ve never taken two weeks off in a row before, so it’s hard getting back into the swing of things when you come home, but I can’t complain - it was fantastic.”

Elaine is one of the few lucky anchors in the country to present and produce her own programme.

And although the Cork native is missing out any romantic action right now, things have been full-steam ahead when it comes to her weekday show Midday.

“I’m anchoring but I’m also producing Midday everyday, that’s probably the best you can get in TV in this country,” she said.

“It’s a tough gig, I won’t lie, but I’m kept busy. Just getting back into the swing of things is hectic right now after the trip abroad.”

With rival broadcaster UTV arriving in Ireland soon, there have been concerns in commercial station TV3 about survival.

However, Elaine insisted morale is high in the newsroom.

“In TV you lose and gain stuff all the time, but morale is good. We’re doing a lot of primetime stuff in the new studio too, which is exciting. I think it’s great to be making our own stuff instead of just buying in content,” she said.

For Elaine, it’s been “all work and very little play lately”, however the chatty personality said she’s happy.
“I’m kept going with the slot to be honest and I haven’t really thought about anything else. We’re starting new strands and doing more outside footage,” she said.


“It is way more work, but we’re moving the time slot to 11.30, so there are changes happening which is refreshing.”

“TV is cyclical, if you want to go on and do something else then you do. I’m happy in there and we’re pretty safe at the moment,” she added.

“I’d never say never to a move and I keep thinking I should be brave and go out there, but I actually like my job, so I won’t change for the sake of changing.”

Elaine insisted she’ll stay at TV3 with pals Sybil Mulcahy, Karen Koster and Lisa Cannon for the foreseeable future. But she joked that she may reconsider her options if she falls madly in love “with a man from Honolulu”.