Steve Carson

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Steve Carson
Born Stephen Carson
1968 (age 48–49)
Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Director
Known for Director of Television, RTÉ
Spouse(s) Miriam O'Callaghan

Steve Carson (born 1968 in Belfast)[1] is an Irish director and producer of television. He is the editor of current affairs at Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) as of November 2011 and was appointed Director of Television in January 2009.

With his wife, the RTÉ presenter Miriam O'Callaghan, he is co-owner of the successful television production company Mint Productions,[2] whose work has been amongst the nominees and winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs).

Early life and career[edit]

Carson was born in Belfast and trained as a producer/director with the BBC on flagship current affairs programmes such as Newsnight and Panorama before setting up his Mint Productions company in 2000.[3] He continues to direct documentaries alongside his overseeal of Mint's output. Carson has won a number of awards including a Royal Television Society award, two Irish National Media awards[4] and the Jury Prize at the 2008 Celtic Media Festival.[5]

In 2008, he acted as co-executive producer—alongside his wife—on the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?.[6]


On 30 January 2009, Carson was named by RTÉ as its new Director of Television.[7]

In 2011, he was made RTÉ's editor of current affairs following RTÉ's defamation of Fr. Kevin Reynolds in "Mission to Prey".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Carson is married to Miriam O'Callaghan and is her second husband following her split from fellow RTÉ host, Tom McGurk, a poet and journalist who is presently the main anchor of live rugby union coverage on the channel.[9]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Susan (3 July 2005). "Prime-time couple". The Sunday Business Post. TCH Archives. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Egan, Barry (9 November 2008). "Warm, witty woman is not a cold bimbo". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Carson appointed to top job in RTÉ". The Irish Times. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Steve Carson". Irish Film and Television Network (IFTN). Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  5. ^ "More Irish Success at Celtic Media Fest". IFTN. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Series Credits". RTÉ. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  7. ^ "New Director of Television for RTÉ". RTÉ. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Hilliard, Mark (26 November 2011). "Miriam's husband takes reins of current affairs". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Horan, Niamh (25 January 2009). "Seoige just latest to see marriage break down under strain of fame". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 30 January 2009.