Miriam O'Callaghan says she's on TV 'because I didn't look like the back of a bus'
Miriam O'Callaghan has admitted she never aspired to be on television and only found herself in front of the camera because she "didn't look like the back of a bus".
The Prime Time host (56) worked behind the scenes as a producer in the UK before she was asked to become a presenter.
"I became a researcher on British television, I became a producer and then, because I didn't look like the back of a bus, someone said I should go on telly," she told the Herald.
"I never wanted to go on telly but I was put on it. It worked for me.
"I was a law student, who would have said I would be the presenter of a current affairs programme? It didn't work like that."
The mum-of-eight believes it was a combination of hard work and luck that got her to where she is now.
"I think I've been very lucky but then a part of me would also say you make your own luck," she said.
"My mother would say I'm unbelievably hard-working. If you work hard and you do a lot, you make our own luck.
"You can just be in the right place at the right time."