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'No one has said anything about a chat show in Cork'

RTE's Blathnaid ni Chofaigh's move to Cork is all news to her.

The presenter has said there's "no truth" to reports that she is to front a new chat-show for the broadcaster.

The 40-year-old has revealed to the Herald how reports that she is moving away from the capital to take over its rumoured new afternoon chat-show Today have been greatly exaggerated.



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"I haven't heard anything at all about this and it's all a bit crazy. This is all speculation and it was never said to be. I know what I'm doing next week, but no I've no idea what I'm doing at the end of September. It's all news to me," she said.

She added how she hasn't even been in RTE's headquarters in Montrose since last April and she has spent the past week on holiday in West Cork with her husband, Ciaran, and four children, Sheila, Peadar, Comhghal and Darach.

Blathnaid confirmed that she has been signed up to present a programme about people "who have made huge choices in their lives", but added that, beyond that, she didn't know what the future held for her.

However, she revealed that she would not object to having to travel outside Dublin for work, if her employer needed her elsewhere. RTE is now putting the final touches to its autumn/winter schedule, with the media launch taking place next month.

"You go wherever you need to go for work and that's the way with RTE as with any other company. I'm a Meath woman, I grew up in the Midlands, so I've travelled my whole life and I've always enjoyed doing shows down the country.

"I love travelling and I'd have no objection to going outside of Dublin," she continued.

Unlike the majority of her colleagues at the Montrose station, who are employed on a contractual basis, Blathnaid has a staff job in RTE and has a secure future in the company.

One of its anchor presenters, she has involved in an eclectic mix of programmes over the years, including the Afternoon Show, the All-Ireland Talent Show, Celebrity Bainisteoir and Echo Island.

The mum-of-four also spoke about her nerves ahead of her acting debut on TG4 drama Crisis, which will air in November and centres on a politician sent to Brussels.

The flame-haired personality took on the role after getting the all-clear from her doctors that she had made a full recovery from her recent health problems. Blathnaid underwent a major procedure to remove half her colon in January and took months to return to full strength.

mfinn@herald.ie