RTE PRESENTER Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed her pain at having to live apart from her husband Steve Carson after he landed a new job at the BBC.
The mother of eight said the family man will be spending up to four nights a week away from home as he gets to grips with his new role as Head of BBC NI Productions.
But she added that she is looking at the bright side and relishing the thought of spending more time in Belfast, a city which the couple have a strong emotional attachment to.
She told the Sunday Independent: "Steve will be away three or four nights a week – Belfast is close enough to come back down for a night midweek. We did this before in the late Nineties when Steve was working in London for Panorama during the week and came home at weekends – we missed each other a lot but then the time together and with the children too was extra precious.
"I'm thrilled for him, it's an exciting opportunity. He spent his formative years at the BBC in London and of course he's a Belfast boy. His dad, whom he adores, lives there as do his sisters.
"Also Belfast is no distance so being away part of the week is no problem. All the children think it's very exciting and are even looking forward to spending more time in Belfast."
But Miriam said she won't miss her husband in the corridors of the Montrose station.
"In truth we hardly ever even bump into each other in RTE," she said.
"I look forward to spending time there too and showing our children where their dad came from. It is all very exciting and new. I'm delighted for him. I love Belfast."