Friday 20 April 2018

Miriam O’Callaghan: It’s been a tough year at RTE but I will stick with Prime Time

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

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

BROADCASTER Miriam O'Callaghan has pledged her commitment to RTE current affairs despite recent controversies that rocked the station.

She said that flagship programme 'Prime Time' now "needs a strong face" more than ever after the fallout from the Fr Kevin Reynolds libel.

The mother-of-eight said it had been a "tough year" at the national broadcaster after it was fined €200,000 and 'Prime Time Investigates' was axed.

The 'Mission To Prey' programme featured a series of untrue allegations about the priest.

Ms O'Callaghan was not involved in that programme, but she said the fallout had strengthened her resolve to stay working in the current affairs department at the station.

"If ever there was a time when 'Prime Time' needs a strong face out there, I am going to be there for it. I think it's so important, and if anything, this tough year has me feeling more loyal to current affairs," she said.

Meanwhile, her chat show 'Saturday Night With Miriam' returns to RTE One television this weekend.

"Chat shows will entertain them but (current affairs) tells people how they live and about their financial woes," she said.

Miriam was yesterday launching the 21st Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show, which will benefit the Laura Lynn Children's Hospice Foundation and the National Maternity Hospital Foundation, both of which she is a patron.

The RTE presenter was keen to point out that the bright red Ferrari 430 was "not my car".

"I have a 2008 black Audi A3 and it does the job just fine," she said.

The vintage motor show takes place at Terenure College in Dublin on Sunday, July 8. It has raised more than €2m for charity in the past two decades.

Irish Independent

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