The Women’s Podcast: Bibi Baskin, on her ‘vocal Viagra’ voice

The former broadcaster tells Kathy Sheridan she would love to get back on the radio, but RTÉ won’t have her

Bibi speaks about her love of the Indian Ayurvedic medicine, her broadcast career and why she would love to be back on the national airwaves

In the 1980s, Bibi Baskin became the first woman to host her own television chat show on RTÉ.

She has been told her voice is like “vocal Viagra” and during her career at RTÉ she was seen as the natural successor to Gay Byrne.

She left Montrose for New York and England for various jobs in the early 1990s, returning later in the decade, until what was meant to be a three week holiday to India turned into 15 years and saw Bibi become a hotelier.

In a wide ranging interview with Kathy Sheridan on the latest episode of the Women’s Podcast, Bibi speaks about her love of the Indian Ayurvedic medicine, her broadcast career and why she would love to be back on the national airwaves, but RTÉ won’t have her.

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She also talks about her latest role as a motivational speaker, what she has learned about Irish people after 15 years in India and why she thinks the Irish language is doomed.

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