I can't work seven days, says Miriam as weekend show ends
BROADCASTER Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed that her weekend radio show 'Miriam Meets' has ended for the time being because she can't work seven days a week.
'Prime Time' is also taking a break for the month of August due to cutbacks, she said.
The busy 53-year-old, who has been filling in on weekday mornings for John Murray, told the Irish Independent that the 'Miriam Meets' RTE Radio 1 Sunday slot has been cut from the schedule for the foreseeable future.
The decision was made two weeks ago.
"I just can't work seven days a week. Our last show (featuring writer Michael Harding) was on Sunday and it was really sad," the mother of eight said.
"Of course, I'll miss my producer and it was a great show to work on, but we went out on a high. I'm looking forward to whenever it comes back down the road."
O'Callaghan was speaking at the launch of the 22nd Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show in Dublin yesterday, where she was joined by retired rally driver Rosemary Smith.
The presenter has taken a temporary break from 'Prime Time' to front a ninth season of 'Saturday Night With Miriam' for the summer.
She will also continue to fill in for John Murray on his weekday Radio 1 slot until the autumn.
O'Callaghan said she would traditionally return to 'Prime Time' in August, but has seen her schedule change this year.
The 'Prime Time' team were informed earlier this month that the RTE One programme would take a four-week break in August for the first time in order to cut back on costs.
"It's a very busy show and this probably gives us time to recharge the batteries," she said.
The 22nd Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show will run in aid of the National Maternity Hospital and the LauraLynn Children's Hospice at Terenure College Dublin on July 7.