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Giaan Rooney speaks up about replacing meteorologist David Brown

Video: "It was really tough. Most nights I would go home and cry," admits Seven weather presenter Giaan Rooney.

Seven Melbourne weather presenter Giaan Rooney has spoken out about the challenges of replacing meteorologist David Brown after 20 years.

In an interview with website Show and Tell, Rooney admits it was a difficult time after Nine told her they had no plans for her.

So she accepted an invitation to work at Seven, where they asked her to fill in for 6 weeks over summer presenting the weather.

“I said  ‘I don’t know anything about the weather.’

“They said, ‘Don’t worry you’ll be fine. Just do the weather.’

“My credibility is in sport, not weather. So it was really tough. Most nights I would go home and cry.”

Rooney admits she still “stuffs up” but now feels better about her job with support from Peter Mitchell and Sandy Roberts.

14 Responses

  1. When will pig headed management admit they don’t know much about TV and how to handle talent. First Browny then Sandy, Rooney and some other ex beauty queen on Coxy’s and Lotto.
    Bring back Johno, Leckie, Meakin and Lund.

  2. Job Criteria:
    – woman attractive enough to stop men flicking over and watching the Channel 9 weather girl.
    – ability to read an auto cue on camera and wave arms appropriately.
    – knowledge of weather an advantage but not essential.

    Anybody can learn about weather. The first two are where the shortage is.

  3. Simply pathetic.

    Seven replaces an expert meteorologist with a former swimmer who admits to not knowing anything about the weather.

    And Nine isn’t any better with their Livinia Nixon / Rebecca Judd weather presenters.

    Reminds me of when Kerry Armstrong debuted on Ten News as their weather girl. I remember her ‘deer in headlights’ performance – does anyone else?

  4. This really does highlight just how much credibility ch7 give the weather

    quote ““I said ’I don’t know anything about the weather.’

    “They said, ‘Don’t worry you’ll be fine. Just do the weather.’”

    says it all about their attitude towards news etc…how are the ratings?

    As for Giaan, if you are in a job that causes you to go home and cry, it is not good for you. It may be time to have a think about a career away fromTV….

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