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Anna Daly lands RTÉ Radio 1 gig on New Year's Day

The Dublin-born broadcaster announced that she would be leaving Ireland AM in September and wrapped up her final breakfast show weeks later.
Anna Daly

Anna Daly

Neasa Cumiskey

Former Virgin Media presenter Anna Daly has landed an RTÉ Radio 1 gig on New Year’s Day.

In August, the Dublin-born broadcaster announced that she would be leaving Ireland AM in September and wrapped up her final breakfast show weeks later.

In recent months, Anna has spent her time as a regular panellist on RTÉ’s Today Show and was quickly snapped up as a consultant with The Communications Clinic.

Now, she’s preparing to take over the airwaves as part of Marty Morrissey's radio special on New Year's Day.

Speaking to RSVP Live about her latest opportunity, the 44-year-old said: “It has been a real novelty for me to work with RTÉ.

“I'm working with the Today Show, which I just love, and I'll also be doing Marty Morrissey's New Year's Day Show on Radio 1 as well, which I'm really looking forward to.”

It comes after Anna admitted that leaving Virgin Media was “very liberating” and allows her to work on several projects at once.

“It’s all good in the freelance world, so far anyway. I was used to being on staff for a fair chunk of my career, so you get used to the comfort of that,” she told the Sunday World.

“But what also comes with that is the restrictions, and this is a lovely world for me now to be able to say yes to things, and to be able to make my own decisions and to create my own diary appointments and talk to whatever journalist I want to talk to.

“That’s actually very liberating having come from a very structured environment where everything is quite controlled.”

Anna added that lockdown helped her to re-evaluate everything.

“It’s starting to sound a bit clichéd now, isn’t it, but during lockdown I think we all re-evaluated everything,” she said.

“You start to realise that we’re all in a bit of a rat race. When my husband lost his family business, it gave me a bit of a kick up the arse, because the things you think are safe are no longer safe at all, they’re volatile.”

“You could never predict a global pandemic and the shutters being down on stores all over the country.”


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