FEARS of job cuts at cash-strapped RTÉ have some staff working day and night to prove they’re indispensable but few expected Miriam O’Callaghan to be leading the charge.
The station stalwart’s popularity knows no end but she’s taking no chances by putting herself on the airwaves twice every Saturday throughout the summer. Miriam will be presenting a new show, Miriam Meets ... , for an hour every Saturday morning on RTE Radio 1 and then will re-appear that evening on her Saturday Night with Miriam chat show on RTÉ 1 television.
The Saturday night slot is a return to the programme she has fronted during the Late Late Show’s summertime break every year since 2005 but the Saturday morning programme, beginning at 9.10am, is a new venture which takes over temporarily from Conversations with Eamon Dunphy while Dunphy is on holiday.
Despite being one of the national broadcaster’s most experienced and versatile presenters, Miriam, whose usual home is Prime Time, has never actually had her own major radio series and said she was looking forward to the challenge working through a different medium would present.
“I’m genuinely very excited about the radio show. I’ve been approached in the past to broadcast on radio but haven’t been able to up to now due to family and work commitments,” she said. “The fact that radio listeners can’t get distracted by optics means that radio is a more intimate medium and the interviewer’s skills are really put to the test. I hope that I can master the medium.”
Under the format of Miriam Meets, Miriam will each week interview two individuals who have a strong connection through blood ties, business partnerships or otherwise. The show begins on Saturday, July 11.
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