Thursday 26 April 2018

Miriam's biggest competition? Herself

Miriam O'Callaghan Series 8

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan is in a tug of war for celebrity guests on her tv and radio shows...with herself.

Back on screen for the summer with her Saturday Night With Miriam TV show, the 51-year old is also covering for John Murray on his weekday RTE Radio 1 show.

However, in recent weeks this has led to both Miriam's radio and TV teams battling for the same guests.

"There's huge competition. Saturday Night With Miriam is going after all the big names because it's the only TV chat show on RTE over the summer.

"But these are the same guests which the John Murray Show team want," said an RTE insider

In the past week, both shows had been pursuing Senator David Norris for the first interview since his diagnosis with a serious cancer condition.

It had been on the John Murray radio show, several weeks previously, where the 68-year-old first revealed he was undergoing medical tests.

However, it was researchers on TV's Saturday Night With Miriam who have secured him for a high-profile chat this Saturday night.

But John Murray's radio team had more success with country singer Kenny Rogers who spoke to Miriam on the RTE Radio 1 show a few weeks but who her TV team have yet to secure for Saturday Night With Miriam.

"Miriam doesn't get involved. As far as she's concerned let the best team win'," added the station source.

The Prime Time host's filling in for John Murray looks sets to continue, with RTE Radio yesterday airing for the first time jingles for The John Murray Show using the addition "with Miriam O'Callaghan".

An RTE spokeswoman confirmed that Miriam would be covering the same 9am to 10am slot until September.

But other sources hinted Miriam giving up her Sunday morning Miriam Meets interview slot to broadcaster Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain was an indication O'Callaghan's workload might be increasing.

The mother-of-eight declined to comment last night other than to deny that she was "over-worked".

She credited the "brilliant teams" with helping her manage a workload that sees her arriving into RTE Studios between 7am and 8am every morning for her radio show, and working on Saturday Night With Miriam throughout the week.

As seen in The Herald; Herald.ie

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