Thursday 22 August 2019

Would I go back to the BBC? Never say never says much in demand Miriam O’Callaghan

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

RTE star Miriam O’Callaghan is in demand by BBC bosses who want to lure her back to their screens from RTE, she revealed at the national broadcaster unveiled its autumn schedule.

And the Prime Time presenter said she is not ruling anything out.

“I made the decision for personal reasons to do with a sister of mine who got ill, to come back to Ireland so I don’t have that lust to go back.

“It’s an open secret that I often get invited to go back because all the people that now run the BBC worked with me on Newsnight – myself and Steve my husband,” she told the Sun newspaper.

“I do a regular show and Radio 4 is very similar to Radio One and they listen to everything.”

The mother-of-eight said that she loved her RTE job: “My youngest is six and he likes me in my bed every night. I like to be in my bed every night.”

Miriam (50) said she was lucky to have a good job, and she spent all of her income on childcare.

But the €300k a year star said that a bumper BBC pay packet was not what would decide her future.

“It’s not about the money, it really isn’t. When people do approach me I always say I’m not saying never. I’m just saying not now.”

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