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Don't follow me into TV – Miriam tells kids


Miriam O'Callaghan

Miriam O'Callaghan

Miriam O'Callaghan

MIRIAM O'Callaghan hopes her children will not follow in their parents' footsteps.

The RTE broadcaster and her husband Steve Carson – RTE's Director of Programming – have carved out highly-respected careers in the media. However, the mum-of-eight has other ideas for her children and is happy that her eldest daughter Alannah is pursuing a career in law.

Miriam is confident that her children will stay away from embarking on a career similar to her own. "No, I don't think any of them are heading that way, which is good," Miriam (53) told the Herald.

"My eldest girl is a barrister," she added.

While the Prime Time host loves her job, she is hoping that her children won't follow her into the cut-throat media world. "It's an insecure job, I think, being in the media.

"So I'm going back to my mother's generation by saying 'go for a job that's more sound'," she said.

However, she does feel that the world of broadcasting has improved for women.

Her own career is going from strength to strength, and she now hosts Prime Time with current affairs stalwarts Pat Kenny and Claire Byrne.

"People say there aren't enough female voices on radio but times are changing," she added.