RTÉ Director of Programmes Steve Carson is to leave RTE for BBC Northern Ireland.
Mr Carson (45) - who is the husband of Prime Time host Miriam O’Callaghan - is to return to the BBC as Head Of Production and will be working out of Belfast.
Speaking to independent.ie, Mr Carson said will take up his position before the end of the year, and commute between Dublin, Belfast and London.
"We're still sorting our dates but I’m very excited, and of course, it’s a return to the BBC," Carson said.
Born in Belfast in 1968, the award winning programme maker previously worked for the BBC in London where he met his future wife on Newsnight.
In 2000 set up the independent production company, Mint, with wife Miriam.
Mint has produced critically-acclaimed and highly-rated documentary series and one-off factual programmes for RTÉ Television, including Bertie (2008), Who Do You Think You Are? (2008), Haughey (2005), Surgeons (2007/2008), Our Lady’s (2003), Fine Gael: A Family At War (2002/03), Unit 8 (2002).
As Director of Programmes in RTE, a role he took up in 2009.
He had overall responsibility for the origination, management and delivery of RTÉ’s home-produced programmes, both in-house and commissioned, across both RTÉ One and RTÉ Two. He was a key member of the State braodcaster.
Speaking on meeting Miriam O’Callaghan, Mr Carson said, “She was working full-time for RTE but she was also Newsnight’s Ireland correspondent.”
“I was a producer and we fell in love. When the decision came for me to move to Dublin it just made sense. It just felt right.
“She was more worried about my career than I was.
“I was obviously very much in love with her, but also, in a bizarre way, coming to Dublin was like going home.”
Well liked in RTE, Carson was a Belfast mod in his youth, still owns a scooter, and remains a devotee of Paul Weller and The Jam.
By Ken Sweeney