Monday 26 September 2016

'I didn't get into TV for top RTE salary... I do it because I love it' - Miriam O'Callaghan

Sean O'Grady

Published 20/07/2016 | 07:32

Miriam O'Callaghan shows off her home on RTE
Miriam O'Callaghan shows off her home on RTE
Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan.
Miriam O'Callaghan at the 2016 IFTAs

She did not get into TV for the money.

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She earned an impressive salary of €280,445 in 2014 as one of RTE's most popular broadcasters, but Miriam O'Callaghan has insisted she did not get into TV for the money.

The mum-of-eight doesn't mind the whole country knowing what she's got in the bank.

"I was reading all the details recently on the BBC and how they are very protective of their presenters and hold back on their incomes," she told the Herald.

O'Callaghan explained she got into broadcasting purely for the love of it.

"We live in Ireland, it's a tiny country and I do a job I love," she said. "I didn't ever go into it for anything other than the fact I wanted to be a journalist.

"I started off as a lawyer, I never thought about money - and I still don't."

O'Callaghan first got into broadcasting in her 20s after training as a solicitor in UCD, and added: "I never set out to be in television. I was a young lawyer and got accidentally pulled into it."

The host of Saturday Night with Miriam has previously admitted she does not mind being asked questions about her salary, as it is part of her job to ask people difficult questions.

The 56-year-old has taken a pay cut in recent years, with her salary coming in at €290,625 in 2009 compared to €307,000 in 2011.

O'Callaghan was the fifth highest paid presenter at RTE in 2014.

The TV star, who also has her own radio show and summer chat show, was beaten in wages by Ryan Tubridy, Joe Duffy, Marian Finucane and Sean O'Rourke.

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