‘Being among the first black and Irish presenters is really special’ – YouTube star Katja Mia on Ireland AM job

YouTuber Katja Mia has told of her delight to be among the first black Irish TV presenters as she was announced as a new addition to the Ireland AM team.

peaking at the launch of Virgin Media Television’s spring schedule, she said: “It’s a total ‘pinch me’ moment to be able to call it my job and of course to be among some of the first black and Irish presenters is really special. I’m just grateful.”

A host of new Irish factual and entertainment shows and international dramas will be aired by the broadcaster over the coming months.

How to Buy a Home, a series presented by Liz O’Kane and Michael Fry, promises to show the unfiltered reality of searching for a home in Ireland. Giving further attention to the housing crisis, Stories From the Street is a three-part documentary that follows the lives of homeless people in Dublin, capturing an honest and sometimes difficult account of life and death on the streets.

Meanwhile, Inside the Hospice will show the reality of death and grief as experienced by terminally ill patients on their journey from diagnosis to their final days at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services.

A new four-part docuseries, The Clinic For Well People, shows what happens when people with no underlying symptoms are invited to undergo a full medical check by a team of medical professionals.

Series two of Eating With The Enemy starts next Monday and features George Hook and TikTok star Miriam Mullins. This six-part social experiment series explores what happens when two strangers with diametrically opposed views sit down together for a conversation over dinner.

While the winter series of Love Island returns next Monday, dating gets a very Irish twist with a new show, Grá ar an Trá.

Filmed in the Gaeltacht, singletons will couple up as they get to grips with the language. Through fun tasks and cheeky challenges, they will compete to find love and be crowned the couple with the best Gaeilge.

On the drama front, Aidan Turner stars in the highly anticipated series The Suspect about Dr Joe O’Loughlin, a clinical psychologist asked to assist in an investigation that could be a suicide, but could be a murder.

The Walk-In, starring Stephen Graham, tells the story of British MP Jo Cox who was murdered by a right-wing fanatic, while Litvinenko is a new drama starring David Tennant and is based on the poisoning of Russian defector, Alexander Litvinenko.

Niamh Algar takes the lead role in Malpractice, a five-part medical thriller, while a new six-part Irish drama, The Vanishing Triangle, stars India Mullen and Allen Leech.

Virgin Media news reporter Zara King will host a second series of the Group Chat podcast along with Gavan Reilly and Richard Chambers.

Speaking at the schedule launch, Ms King said she had taken a step back from Twitter, saying the social media platform could be a very unpleasant place, particularly for women.

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