Miriam not shirty about 'Prime Time' wardrobe clash
IT WAS the ultimate television clash, but in this case it was a collision of colours on the set of 'Prime Time'.
The sartorial bust-up occurred on the first edition of the relaunched RTE current affairs programme, when both Miriam O'Callaghan and Claire Byrne arrived on set wearing the same shade of warm red.
O'Callaghan in particular was reportedly upset when asked to change her top for a different colour, leaving her more junior rival unchanged.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, O'Callaghan confirmed that she had indeed been asked to change her top by producer David Nally, but said she had no problem with the request.
And she added that to ensure no more repeat incidents, they would now consult each other on what they had planned to wear before future shows.
"The story about our outfits is true, but I want to stress I wasn't upset about changing my shirt and there is no tension between myself and Claire," O'Callaghan said.
"Relations are great, and with Pat (Kenny), too. In fact I joked to Pat that I wanted to know in advance what he planned to wear, and he took it in good fun."
It has been suggested that RTE protocols dictate that if presenters wear matching tops the younger of the pair must change.
In this case, O'Callaghan swapped her red blouse for a blue one, which matched the background of the 'Prime Time' studio.
Meanwhile, new figures released by RTE show that the revamped 'Prime Time' is up on the old version of the programme.
The station said that the average audience for 'Prime Time' for 2013, up to last Thursday, was 364,000 – up on the 2012 average of 358,000.
Figures for Thursday show that the figure dropped to 308,000.
An RTE spokeswoman said the February 21 edition had been the lowest rating since the revamp but blamed the poor viewing figures on the crunch Liverpool vs Zenit St Petersburg Europa Cup clash.