Karen Koster has admitted working in Ireland AM during the pandemic was her “lifeline”.
The Irish presenter began her role on the popular breakfast show in 2019, and says she counts herself “lucky” to have the job.
Speaking exclusively to Goss.ie ahead of Virgin Media Television’s Virtual Spring Launch, the Killiney native said: “It’s been a lifeline to be honest.”
“It’s been a funny one because I always counted myself lucky to have this job in TV, but even more so during Covid because we were allowed to keep going.”
“It meant I got to get out of the house and to see my friends at work and it basically became the way I socialised.
“I saw more my work gang then anyone really, more than friends, family, parents,” she admitted.
“It’s been unifying in that way we kind of felt it was our job to keep going to keep everything feeling as normal as possible. To bring information, but also to provide some light relief because more people are working from home than ever before.
“We wanted to become a main state of their day and just provide that kind of constant in the background so that we were a sort of remnant of normality for people.”
Ireland AM have announced that they are introducing pods into their studio, to help reduce the number of people the team are in contact with, with Karen explaining: “It’s a precautionary system introduced because of the rising cases.
“We have been so lucky that we continue to broadcast every single day since March without there being a positive case in studio among the crew and presenters.
“It was basically just so that if one got it, it wouldn’t wipe out me, Alan and Tommy for a whole week. There just wouldn’t be enough coverage to keep the show on the road.
“We’re all delighted, we’re all paired up and so far, it’s been working out fine,” the mother-of-three added.