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Monday 5 December 2016

Miriam O'Callaghan has 'no interest in being the top boss at RTE'

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

Miriam O'Callaghan might be the darling of RTE, but the popular presenter has no interest in being the national broadcaster's "top boss."

It was announced last week that Noel Curran would be stepping down as director general next March, but Miriam said she doesn't want to step into his shoes.

However, she said she would miss Mr Curran who she describes as a "kind, caring boss".

"I can say it now that it's all out in the open, but I adore Noel Curran," she told the Herald.

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"I joined RTE in September 1992 on a show called Market Place and he joined RTE on the same day on the same programme.

"He's the most decent, kind, caring boss.

"He's wonderful and I'm really sorry to see him go, but I'm also delighted for him - he's going to have loads of exciting things to do," she added.

Noel Curran
Noel Curran

While she is sad to see Noel go, Miriam wants to stick to her day job on Prime Time and RTE Radio 1 at the weekends.

"It's very hard work being the top manager, in my job I don't have to give anyone bad news," she said.

"I can be tough on politicians and that can be very enjoyable, but when you're the top boss you have a huge responsibility.

"I would never like to be the DG, and I don't think they'd offer it to me anyway," she added.

The 55-year-old is working on a special project between the BBC Northern Ireland and RTE, which allows her to spend more time with her husband Steve Carson.

"I love Belfast and it's great to work with Steve," she said. "It's a really interesting project that's going to come out in the next few weeks.

"It's all about Ireland and asks questions like do we want a united Ireland or not and what we think of each other North and South."

BBC Northern Ireland's Nolan Live and RTE's Ireland's Call - A Prime Time Special will include the findings of a special cross-border survey commissioned by both broadcasters and saw 1,000 people on each side of the border, giving their views on a range of issues.

While Miriam isn't putting her hat into the ring, RTE's deputy director-general Kevin Bakhurst and its managing director Glen Killane are believed to be in the running to replace Mr Curran.

Ireland's Call - A Prime Time Special will air on November 4 on RTE One at 10.35pm.

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