Wednesday 16 January 2019

I loved my stint at Spin, but I'm staying on at RTE, says Blathnaid

RTE's bubbly presenter Blathnaid Treacy may have jumped ship to Spin 103 over the summer as she dipped her toes in the world of radio.

But the 26-year-old revealed how she plans to stay on our small screens for the foreseeable future as she continues earning her stripes.

The Two Tube presenter told the Diary that TV is her "first love" and she wants to stick with it for a few more years.

Yet that's not to say that Blathnaid didn't relish leaving the cosy environs of RTE to help cover a one-off special on Electric Picnic (pictured inset).


She managed to mix business with pleasure at the popular event given that her own musician boyfriend Charlie Murphy was performing at the Stradbally festival.

The former Glenroe child star also admitted to having a soft spot for Scottish crooner Paolo Nutini, who was one of the headline acts.

"It was crazy, I was working and trying to see bands in between," she continued.

And she said that she feels she still has plenty more experience to garner in RTE before she spreads her wings further afield.

"It's such a brilliant place to learn and there are so many young, confident people around you," she added.

She had something of a busman's holiday over the summer, joining DJ Dara Quilty on the Zoo Crew and getting her first proper taste of life on the airwaves.

Blathnaid hasn't ruled out going back to the independent station either and said she may well be filling in for another Spin presenter in the near future.

"I can't really do the two jobs, but I'll still do the odd gig at weekends," the hard-working star continued.


The RTE beauty said there were definitely some huge advantages to being in a radio studio as opposed to her usual TV surroundings.

"You've got total control, you're presenting it but you have total control which makes it that bit different from TV," she explained.

It also gave her the chance to ditch the gladrags and the make-up that normally goes with having to look picture-perfect for the RTE cameras.

"There were days when I did look pretty gross. There were a few days when my hair was really greasy and I didn't wear any make up," she revealed.

"There is a camera in the studio but you can turn that off," she joked.

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