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Friday 24 January 2020

'I'm a glass half full person - I don't do stress', says Miriam

Miriam O'Callaghan
Miriam O'Callaghan

Prime Time host Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed that she prefers to do daily radio instead of a summer chat show.

"I did a chat show on Saturday nights for 14 years - been there done that," the mum-of-eight said.

"To be honest, I do work very long hours and working Saturday nights really ate into my family life.

"I was never home because I was out all week doing Prime Time and then working at the weekend."

O'Callaghan added: "My youngest son is 13 and I drive them all bonkers.

"I am incredibly grateful for my life. I really don't do stress.

"I'm one of life's glass half full people," the 59-year-old said.

"I'm a very positive person so I live my life waking up every morning grateful that I am alive and my children are healthy, and I'm going to work and I love my job."

Passionate

O'Callaghan said that obviously, like different places at different times, RTE is going through its own major problems.

However, she added: "At the end of the day I'm not a manager. I don't control the place, I am not in charge of its overall destiny.

"All I can do for the listeners and viewers of Ireland is provide them with good shows and that is what I try to do."

She said she loves RTE and is passionate about the place.

"I'm passionate about public service broadcasting," she added.

The top broadcaster also ruled herself out of ever presenting The Late Late Show.

"I never want to present The Late Late Show, ever," she said.

"I am not afraid of live TV, but I prefer current affairs and you have to believe what you believe in.

"I am a current affairs junkie and it is what I do for a living.

"I like doing lighter stuff but I would never give up current affairs."

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