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RTE rejects Miriam's plea for shorter format

A REQUEST by Miriam O'Callaghan to host a shorter, pre-recorded version of her summer television show has been turned down by RTE.

The mother-of-eight wanted to change the format of Saturday Night With Miriam to spent more time with her husband Steve Carson.

Carson took up his new post as head of productions at BBC Northern Ireland last December, leaving the role of chief editorial adviser and director of factual group at RTE.

But despite her hopes, 53-year-old O'Callaghan has a busy working summer ahead of her, as bosses at the station turned down the proposed arrangement.


Saturday Night With Miriam, first started in 2005 and goes out live every weekend.

"It starts on the fifth of July; it is not shorter, it is eight weeks and I'm probably not pre-recording, everything I fought for," said O'Callaghan.

"It will be fine because I only need to be physically there on a Saturday night. I am still going to do the radio show too, but I love what I do and I don't find it hard work."

O'Callaghan, who was speaking at the launch of the Pieta House Darkness into Light with Electric Ireland 5km run, said the family is planning a well-deserved holiday in Portugal at the end of the summer stint to unwind.

O'Callaghan was one of the 700 guests at the IFTAs last weekend and unlike the viewers at home, she insisted she thoroughly enjoyed the evening.