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Good Morning Ulster's Chris Buckler and Sarah Brett on the trials of broadcasting through the coronavirus pandemic

In their first interview since taking up their new roles at the helm of Radio Ulster's flagship breakfast programme, Chris Buckler and Sarah Brett tell Claire O'Boyle about the trials of broadcasting through the pandemic and why they are both glad to be back home

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New hosts of Good Morning Ulster Sarah Brett and Chris Buckler

New hosts of Good Morning Ulster Sarah Brett and Chris Buckler

Grenfell Tower, morning after fire, Sarah Brett speaking with people searching for loved ones

Grenfell Tower, morning after fire, Sarah Brett speaking with people searching for loved ones

Sarah Brett's Dad Aubrey, Terry, Theo and mum Margaret

Sarah Brett's Dad Aubrey, Terry, Theo and mum Margaret

Sarah Brett with Russell Crowe

Sarah Brett with Russell Crowe

Chris Buckler at the White House

Chris Buckler at the White House

Chris Buckler at the White House

Chris Buckler at the White House

Chris Buckler in the studio

Chris Buckler in the studio

Chris Buckler close

Chris Buckler close

Chris Buckler in Hawaii at a volcano

Chris Buckler in Hawaii at a volcano

Chris Buckler with nephew Blake

Chris Buckler with nephew Blake

Sarah Brett's home studio

Sarah Brett's home studio

New hosts of Good Morning Ulster Sarah Brett and Chris Buckler

Taking the reins at Good Morning Ulster was always going to be a monumental task. The flagship Radio Ulster news show has kept generations informed through some of the most challenging periods in our history and with the departure of BBC NI stalwarts Noel Thompson and Karen Patterson, Chris Buckler and Sarah Brett have had big old boots to fill.

But with a global pandemic thrown into the mix, as well as some extraordinary disruption to their normal working practices and a stretch of 100 miles between them, it's fair to say the presenters have been playing a blinder.

"I'd say it's been that classic case of the swan," laughs Chris, who has been working from the studio in Belfast since the new line-up launched back in April - while Sarah has been broadcasting direct from the sunroom at her parents' home in Co Donegal.