Monday 18 December 2017

I never planned to take over from Pat, reveals Prime Time host Miriam

Prime Time host Miriam says she wasn't interested in Pat's job. Photo: Collins
Prime Time host Miriam says she wasn't interested in Pat's job. Photo: Collins

STEPPING into Pat Kenny's shoes on the radio was never part of her plan, TV presenter Miriam O'Callaghan has said.

Despite being hotly tipped to take over the popular 10am to noon slot since Mr Kenny's departure to Newstalk, the Prime Time host insists she was never interested.

RTE announced on Saturday that Sean O'Rourke would fill the breach on the Today Show in its autumn schedule, while Aine Lawlor and Richard Crowley will present the News At One on alternate days.

And although O'Callaghan had been touted as a contender for the job, she insists she wasn't interested.



"It was never in my plan," she told the Herald.

"The thing is these things take off and you get people in the shop saying, 'oh, I believe you're going to be doing that'.

"No. It was actually never in my plan. I'm going to be doing the 9 to 10 slot for the autumn and I love that."

Ms O'Callaghan was speaking in Dingle, Co Kerry, where she is enjoying a family break with her children.

She also lent her support to the Dingle Women's Mini Marathon and presented cheques worth more than €11,000 to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, the two beneficiaries from the May run.

She extended warm congratulations to Sean O'Rourke in his new position.

"I'm really delighted for Sean O'Rourke. He's one of the most decent colleagues you could ever come across and he's been incredibly good to me down the years," she added. "He's an absolutely first-rate journalist, he's a brilliant broadcaster and I'm thrilled for him."

She said she's also enjoying covering John Murray's morning show, but Prime Time and current affairs was her first love.

"My DNA is current affairs. They'll have to take me off Prime Time in a box because I ain't going anywhere. You'll be watching me at 108.

"I love that show and I'm never leaving it until they throw me out.

"For me it's actually nice to do (the John Murray Show) because I do current affairs at night so I get to do a lot of human interest stories in that morning slot that I wouldn't necessarily get to do in current affairs.

"I think it's a win-win situation and I'm honestly very happy.

"I love variety in my life, so I just love that morning slot at 9 to 10, it's a great team and we have a lot of fun.

"Life is short. As well as working hard, it's also important to enjoy it very much," she said.


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