RTE deny reports Ryan Tubridy is moving to Ronan Collins' slot on RTE Radio One
Published 08/08/2014 | 08:34
RTE has denied reports that Ryan Tubridy is being lined up to replace Ronan Collins on RTE Radio One.
It had been suggested that Tubridy's falling JNLR figures for his 2fm morning show were prompting Montrose chiefs to mastermind a move.
The past 12 months have seen 15,000 people, or ten per cent of his audience, tune out of Tubridy's show.
His total listenership now stands at 144,000, which is 1,000 less than ex-Westlife star Nicky Byrne, whose show with Jenny Greene took a slight dip down from 151,000 to 145,000.
Reports indicated that Tubridy, who is covering for Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 this week, would take over Ronan Collins' slot on RTE Radio One whilst Ronan would possibly take over a weekend position.
However, an RTE spokesperson insists the rumours are "100% not true".
A statement issued via the 2fm Twitter account read, "Following an article published this morning, there are no plans to move Ryan Tubridy from 2fm. Ryan Tubridy will be on 2fm in the new season".
This was followed by a statement from RTE Radio One, "Ronan Collins hosts the number 1 music show in the country on @RTERadio1. His top radio programme will continue on Radio 1 in the new season" also issued through Twitter.
Speaking about Ryan's ratings recently, 2fm boss Dan Healy said: "Ryan's ratings are still strong. Shows in a three-hour slot always perform stronger than those in a two-hour slot. That's why Nicky is ahead. We still have total faith in Ryan as a broadcaster."
Healy said he had expected figures to drop given the recent changes in the line-up at 2fm.
"We have revamped the station entirely," he said, "We knew there were going to be some casualties when it comes to listeners, but we're prepared to make those sacrifices.
"At the moment 2fm is running a marathon while having open heart surgery. There are a lot of challenges, but we're taking them on the chin."