Friday 30 September 2016

'I miss Today FM, but RTE move was right decision for me', says Ray

Published 30/03/2016 | 07:26

Ray D'Arcy hosts The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE One
Ray D'Arcy hosts The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE One

Ray D'Arcy has said that while he misses his Today FM radio programme he has "no regrets" about moving to RTE.

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The presenter spent 15 years at the radio station before announcing his move to the national broadcaster in December 2014.

"When people sidle up to you and say, 'I miss you in the mornings,' you say, 'Well, I miss it sometimes too,' but we definitely made the right decision," he said.

The Kildare native also defended his TV show, which has had a mixed reaction from critics and viewers.

In February, Ray D'Arcy complained about the price of soup in the RTE canteen. Photo: Brian McEvoy.
In February, Ray D'Arcy complained about the price of soup in the RTE canteen. Photo: Brian McEvoy.

He pointed out that the ratings had been "very steady".

"It's going very well," he said. "I'm not comparing myself to the Late Late Show.

"We're here doing the first season of a show. I'm enjoying it and having good craic.

"It was a given I was going to enjoy it because I'd never done one before. But I'm really enjoying it."

COMING HOME: Ray D'Arcy is going back to his RTE roots
COMING HOME: Ray D'Arcy is going back to his RTE roots

However, he said he's looking forward to a nice holiday with the family, given that he's also juggling an afternoon show on RTE Radio 1.

"We finish up at the end of May. It'll feel like I'm on holidays, because I'm doing a very crowded six-day week at the moment. It's full on," he said.

"I think we're doing really well in the ratings. We're up there with 36pc of the share, so it is very strong."

A father to Tom (3) and Kate (9), he also spoke of how his producer wife Jenny is now working a three-day week, after being persuaded to come back to work in the first place.

"She had given up work. We decided that was the best for the family.

"Then we discussed it all at length, moving to RTE, and I felt that I couldn't do it without her support, so she came back.

"It's sort of an ongoing discussion whether she'll stay or not," he said.

The presenter was campaigning this week for the LauraLynn children's hospice, a cause close to his heart.

It was chosen as one of three charities benefiting from this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open taking place at the K Club in May.

Hosted by the Rory McIlroy Foundation, Ray said he'd love to have the golfing champ on his show.

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