Monday 26 September 2016

Miriam O'Callaghan: I always regretted my husband leaving the BBC for me

Sean O'Grady

Published 12/08/2016 | 07:18

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Miriam O’Callaghan and husband Steve Carson, who is based in Belfast. Photo: Tony Gavin
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Miriam O’Callaghan and husband Steve Carson, who is based in Belfast. Photo: Tony Gavin
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson

Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed she has always regretted letting her husband leave the BBC to join her in RTE.

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The Prime Time presenter is married to TV director and producer Steve Carson.

Carson, who is the current head of BBC Northern Ireland, previously left the company to join his wife in RTE.

Although he left Montrose three years ago to take up his current position, that has not stopped Miriam from having pangs of remorse.

Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson
Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson

"When I first met him, he left the BBC to join me and I always regretted that and wanted him to go back to the BBC," she told the Herald.

Carson has been rumoured to be the top choice to take over as managing director of RTE News and Current Affairs following the departure of Kevin Backhurst.

Future

When asked what the future has in store for her husband, she insisted he is content in his current role.

"Don't believe everything you read. I love my husband, but he is his own person," she said. "I would say, quite loudly, that is he very happy in the BBC.

"I'm very happy he's there and he's very happy he's there. I want him to be wherever he is the most happy at work."

When asked if she thinks Carson may be happier to work closer to home in RTE, the TV host insisted she will support him in whatever decision he makes.

"I have to say, I think at the moment he's very happy but it's his own life. We don't run each other's professional lives," she said.

The Foxrock native is busier than ever as her summer months are filled with hosting Saturday Night with Miriam.

"We've got the best figures in years, it's fabulous," she said.

Show

Although she does not worry too much about getting good ratings, Miriam said she's always conscious of putting on a good show for the audience.

"I don't worry about the ratings," she said.

"I think if you're a television presenter you should care that people want to watch you so you're not broadcasting to nobody."

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