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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Big Brother winner 'in talks' with MTV
Brian Dowling
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Big Brother winner Brian Dowling was in talks with music channel MTV on Tuesday about a possible role as a presenter.

The 70,000 prize winner of the Channel 4 gameshow could increase his earnings with a deal to introduce videos for the station.


We are in talks with his people. We think he's great, but as to whether something will happen, who knows?

An MTV spokesman
The 23-year-old Irishman is tipped to become the new Graham Norton, with his caustic humour a high point of Big Brother.

He is also a music fan who sang and danced a number of times in the Big Brother house.

An MTV spokesman said: "We are in talks with his people. We think he's great, but as to whether something will happen, who knows? We want to get him in for a screen test."

Proposal

MTV recently developed a proposal for a breakfast show to replace the outgoing Big Breakfast show on Channel 4.

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However, Dowling is being considered for a general presenting role rather a role on the proposed Big Breakfast replacement.

After winning the show Dowling insisted he would return to his job as a Ryanair steward, which is being kept open for him until 1 September.

However, this looks increasingly unlikely with the number of job offers flooding in.

The runner-up, bubbly hairdresser Helen Adams, is also being offered opportunities in television.

She is in discussions with Sky One over a possible role on a new lifestyle programme being fronted by Lorraine Kelly.

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