5 Minutes with the Media–Kate Olohan, RTÉ Researcher

Here at MediaHQ, we love to sit down with members of the media to find out exactly what they get up to in their roles to get some insight into the industry as part of our 5 Minutes with the Media series. 

This week we chat to Kate Olohan, Television Researcher with RTÉ.

What is your current job role and what does it involve?

I am a television researcher in the RTÉ Entertainment department and I work on various entertainment shows throughout the year. Currently, I am working on the Late Late Toy Show and my role centres around casting the children both toy testers that feature on the programme from viewing the tapes that are sent in throughout the year to the final audition stages. I also choose the toys that are used on the night.

How long have you been working in the media?

This is my tenth year working in RTÉ.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

Every day on the toy show is different. At the start of the production, I spend my time viewing audition tapes and reading letters that are sent into us. After that, we start casting the children for the show and organise audition days to meet the children. Every day you try to check in with the toy cabins to see if any new and exciting toys have been sent in!

When does work start each year for the Late Late Toy Show?

I usually work on The Rose of Tralee during the Summer and once the Rose is finished I am in Toyshow mode!

What’s your favourite part of working on the show?

Seeing the children’s faces on toy show night is the most magical part of the job. Many of the kids have dreamed of that moment and we get to witness them fulfilling their dream it is magic.

What’s the most challenging part of your role?

This is my tenth year on the Toyshow so sometimes it can be hard to keep improving on the previous year but every year we try our best to think of fresh ideas.

Do you have any advice for someone looking to get into the media?

As a researcher, your ideas are your currency so constantly be on the lookout for stories and write them down.  See what local media outlets are near you and start pitching your ideas there to gain some experience. Have an inquisitive personality and a hunger for bringing something new to the table.

And final question, if you were called on by Ryan Tubridy to do your party piece for the audience, what would it be?

Try and recruit someone in the audience to do an audience game???!!!!

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