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Less work, more family time is my New Year aim – Miriam

SHE'S RTE's golden girl – but Prime Time presenter Miriam O'Callaghan wants to spend less time in the studio in 2014.

"My New Year's resolution is to cut back, cut back, cut back... but my New Year's resolution hasn't worked yet," she told the Herald.

Last year, Miriam's husband Steve Carson stepped down as director of programmes in RTE to join BBC NI as head of productions. He now splits his time between London, Belfast and Dublin.


Mum-of-eight Miriam says she would like to alter the format of her summertime chat show 'Saturday Night With Miriam' to facilitate her now long-distance relationship.

"I am more than happy to do a summer show," she said. "But given the changes in my own life with Steve I may try to alter it a little bit. In recent times I've had to work every week of the summer bar two. And with Steve away, nothing is written in stone. If I could alter it a little bit, so I wasn't working all summer that would be great," she added. "I'll definitely do something but hopefully not something than means I have to work 24/7, 365 days a year.

"And I always think it's nice to change things... do something different. I'm not saying too much, because I haven't even said this to my bosses in detail."

Last year, Miriam gave up presenting the annual New Year's Eve concert on RTE One and says it's a decision she doesn't regret.

"No, I wouldn't go back," she told the Herald. "The reason I didn't do it was because I hadn't been with my children on New Year's Eve for a very long time. My seven-year-old said, 'Mummy, this is the first time I ever remember you being with me on New Year's Eve'.


"I think life is an adventure and for us it is quite an exciting adventure. And for Steve it is nice because he began in the BBC.

"We can deal with the long-distance relationship. Because in theory, while we worked together in RTE, I never went near him in RTE. And after Prime Time I would only see him for about ten minutes before I would fall asleep.

"I'm working usually Monday and Tuesday nights, he comes back down on a Wednesday and then he flies to London most Thursday nights and he's back home on Friday night.

"He skypes the kids every night, so the seven-year-old thinks that's really cool. I think they think Belfast is exciting. The seven-year-old thinks it's is like New York at the moment."

Miriam was talking at the Young Scientist exhibition and says she doubts Steve will return to southern Ireland.

"I'd say for the moment it is going to be a long-term thing," she said.