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Wednesday 25 April 2018

I'm happy anchored at TV3 ... I wouldn't want Sharon's job

BACKING: Collette and Chris with athlete Christine Delaney
BACKING: Collette and Chris with athlete Christine Delaney
Sharon Ni Bheolain

TV3's female news anchor has no intention of going after rival Sharon Ni Bheolain's job if she leaves RTE.

Colette Fitzpatrick reckons that despite having smaller budgets, the independent broadcaster offers greater opportunities than Montrose.

Ni Bheolain recently admitted that after 19 years in RTE she is thinking about looking for a new career, but Fitzpatrick has no similar ambitions.

"You get a lot of opportunity in a smaller, commercial organisation," Fitzpatrick told the Herald.

"Sharon didn't have the opportunity to present a mid-week show like I do.

"So it's not a case of me saying 'I get bored reading the news', not that I would ever get bored reading the news.

"I have lots of things going on and I am on my own now so I am a lot busier than if I was co-anchoring.

"I am happy where I am," she added.

However, the mum-of-two said she would never rule out moving to RTE or another station.

"Sure, listen I would talk to anyone, why not?"

Fitzpatrick (39) joined Newstalk Breakfast host Chris Donoghue on Thursday)to announce a new charity partnership between Special Olympics Ireland and the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run.

"It's a terrific charity and great cause," said the presenter, who is urging people to pick Special Olympics as their charity of choice for the Great Limerick Run. While Fitzpatrick won't be taking part on the day, radio presenter Donoghue will run as a Special Olympics ambassador in the race on May 4.

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