RTÉ’s Sharon Tobin has revealed that Claire Byrne shared her top TV tips as she stepped into a celebrity announcer’s shoes during tonight’s Monday Live episode.
the Six One News host revealed how her predecessor was “really supportive of the new show” and even offered advice on preparing for the late-night news show. An eight-part series, David McCullagh kicked off the show earlier this month, followed by Tobin, then Mark Coughlan and Louise Byrne.
“I talked to Claire about it and she was great and like I said, they had to get the four of us to put on her shoes,” Tobin told Independent.ie.
“Claire is brilliant and I’ve known her since we were at TV3 (Virgin Media). She is always encouraging. She was like, ‘Let’s scream, let’s have a chat about this’.
“So we sat down, had coffee, and talked about some really simple tips, like ‘Look who wants to join the conversation’. It’s all very real stuff. economic.
“She created this show and you want to make sure you stick with it because it was a great show at the time of night it was shown. It’s different from everything else that’s happened so it’s important to keep that up.”
Far from any internal competition within RTÉ, Tobin said there is a sense of camaraderie with the camera, especially among women. “Every woman I worked with, we turned our backs on each other and I know it sounds cheesy but it’s amazing. I think everyone is willing to lift people up,” said Tobin.
There is speculation on social media that RTÉ is directly auditioning for all four hosts before the new show starts in January 2023 but Tobin said no one knows who will host that show yet.
“My understanding of it is that there’s a team working on the show that’s going to start in January, so we’re doing eight shows until they’re ready to do that new show and I don’t know. who is the new presenter,” said Tobin.
“That’s going to be out in January, so I’m sure the team will be monitoring what happens over the next six weeks in terms of what works and doesn’t work.”
When asked if she wanted to experience it for herself, Tobin said: “Of course, of course I would. You must take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. I’m happy to ask, that’s great.
“A lot of things outside I did Six one, as a guest on various locations, has been included in that a bit. It’s good that people can see what you have in you and what you can bring to the table,” she said.
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Her first hour-long show will focus on housing while next week’s show will be on crime.
“I wish it was more of a conversation than, ‘Sit down, Minister, I’m going to ask you a lot of questions.’
“It will be other people giving their point of view. So it will have that chat stream, it’s not ‘Gotcha!’ She said.
A graduate of Ballyfermot College, the Dublin-born girl studied her craft in various media outlets and spent six years with TV3 (now Virgin Media) and has been with RTÉ for 14 years.
Tobin is currently traveling from Westmeath, where she lives with her children Hannah, 10, and Tobin Dunne, 9, and says she wants audiences to see a different side of her.
Monday Night Live airs on RTÉ One at 10:30pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/they-had-to-get-four-of-us-to-fill-claire-byrnes-tv-shoes-rtes-sharon-tobin-reveals-former-monday-live-presenter-has-been-giving-her-some-helpful-tips-42071109.html “They had to get four of us to wear Claire Byrne’s TV shoes,” RTÉ’s Sharon Tobin reveals the former Saturday Live host gave her some helpful advice.