Tuesday 25 June 2019

Today FM star may cast a fresh Ray of light on to TV3 Apprentice spin-off

RADIO DJ Ray Foley is being lined up as a possible host for TV3's The Apprentice: You're Fired.

The Herald can reveal how the Today FM presenter is one of the names being linked to the seat vacated by Brendan O'Connor on the spin-off programme.

Fuelling the speculation is the fact that the DJ's photograph is on the press invitation for the station's schedule launch next week.

"It's only filmed once a week, usually in the evening times, so the show could easily fit into Ray's schedule," said a source.

"TV3 is always looking out for fresh talent and Ray is one of the people being considered as a host for the show.

"He's a bit of a smart alec and is quite irreverent and that's the kind of personality they're looking for.


"It's a good opportunity for him, should he get the job, as it's a big ratings pull."

Should he prove successful, this will be the Mayo native's first foray into TV.

Married to wife Kate, he has been working in Today FM since 2004 and is a graduate of journalism from DIT.

Fronted by Bill Cullen alongside Jackie Lavin and Brian Purcell, the Irish adaptation of the show has proved a big hit with Irish audiences.

Filming on the series is well under way in various locations all over Dublin, with 16 contestants fighting it out for the prize of a job with Bill.

This year sees the show netting a budget of more than €1.5m after attracting lucrative sponsors, with Bill confident that the show will prove just as big a success with viewers.

However, he said he won't be going any easier on the aspiring entrepreneurs fighting tooth and nail to stay in the competition.

"The people coming into the third series have an advantage. They know what is going on and they know what I am looking for," he said.

"So I am looking for a better class of candidate. We need some talented warriors.

"You must step up to the plate. Young people think travelling around the world and college gives them experience -- but the world isn't like that. Work ethos is a problem and people better clue themselves up."

mfinn@ herald.ie

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