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Thursday 28 August 2014

Carson quits RTE to take up €200,000 post at BBC

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 12/10/2013 | 05:00

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

FOR years 'Prime Time' presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and her TV executive husband Steve Carson have worked under the one roof.

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Now, they face a long-distance relationship as one half of RTE's most famous couple is to leave the state broadcaster to take up the position as head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions.

Mr Carson (45) confirmed he would take up the position before the end of the year, and it would involve a lot of travelling between Dublin, Belfast and London.

"It is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to going back to the BBC.

"We are trying the dates at the moment but I should be in the new job before the end of the year," Mr Carson said.

The TV producer said he felt "lucky" to have had a chance to bring some quality programmes to air over the past four years.

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It will be a return to his roots for the Belfast man who first began his career at the BBC in Manchester working on youth features before becoming a producer and director on programmes such as 'Newsnight', 'Spotlight' and 'Panorama'.

He was appointed director of programmes in RTE Television in 2009, where he proved a well-liked member of the state broadcaster. Two years later, he took on the temporary role of acting editor of current affairs, while earlier this year he was appointed RTE Television's chief editorial adviser and director of Factual Group.

RTE director-general Noel Curran wished Mr Carson well in his new BBC job, rumoured to be worth as much as €200,000 per annum.

"Despite the difficult commercial and media environments of recent years, Steve Carson led a programming team that delivered consistently high-quality and award-winning programmes," said Mr Curran. He also pointed out that Mr Carson took on the temporary role in current affairs at a "sensitive" time for RTE.

The award-winning programme maker met his future wife as he worked on 'Newsnight' for the BBC in London.

In 2000, he set up the independent production company Mint with wife Miriam and moved to Dublin.

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