Wednesday 26 June 2019

'I sometimes find it hard not to get emotional but I try to control it' - Miriam O'Callaghan on covering tough stories on Prime Time

Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Collins
Miriam O'Callaghan. Photo: Collins
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Miriam O'Callaghan will return to our screens tomorrow night with her summer chat show, Saturday Night with Miriam.

The broadcaster said that it is "a bit of a relief" to cover lighter topics after working on hard news stories on Prime Time for most of the year.

"There's been so much happening in the world - sad stories, bad stories - that's it's nice to almost park Prime Time," said Miriam (inset).

"I sometimes find it hard not to get emotional, but I try to control it.

"I'm no different to the viewer - if something awful has happened, whether it's Manchester or the helicopter crash, I find it upsetting, but I try to rein it in."

Alistair Campbell pictured on Saturday Night with Miriam

Miriam said that while TV critics often slate late-night chat shows, the public always love watching good, in-depth interviews.

However, she added that she would love to see more of a gender balance when it comes to presenters.

"There's very few women chat show hosts and I don't know why that is, but I'm flying the flag," she said.

Fergal Keane and Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE's Saturday Night with Miriam

Miriam will be kicking off this season's run by interviewing Dancing With The Stars finalist Denise McCormack and comedian John Bishop.

Soccer great John Giles will also feature, and there will be performances from rising stars Wyvern Lingo.

Starting tomorrow at 9.25pm on RTE One, it will run for the duration of the summer.


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