Sunday 20 August 2017

Ryan Tubridy favourite to replace John Murray on RTE Radio 1 - but he's not being replaced on 2fm

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Speculation has been mounting as to who would replace John Murray on RTE Radio 1 after his show was axed last month.

Murray (50) had fronted his own show on RTE Radio 1 for five years after he took over the 9-10am slot vacated by Ryan Tubridy (42) as he moved to 2FM in 2010.

Tubridy (42), Ray D'Arcy (50), and Brendan O'Connor, who filled the slot for the past month, had all been tipped as possible replacements.

Dave Fanning will provide cover for the month of August and then Tubs is set to return to his former slot on the more talk-oriented Radio 1 from September.

Latest JNLR figures revealed a jump of 12,000 for the Ryan Tubridy Show and it may be hoped Tubs can work similar magic for Radio 1 in the slot which had lost 8,000 listeners at last count for John Murray.

It is believed that Tubridy will not be replaced on 2fm as the station seeks a younger demographic.

It had been reported that Nicky Byrne (36) would replace Tubs, but with Nicky's show riding high in the the most recent JNLR ratings (new ratings are due out today), he will stay with his current show, which is co-hosted by Jenny Greene.

Nicky Byrne tipped for Tubs' 2FM morning slot while Tubs and D'Arcy in the running to replace John Murray

Instead, the current summer arrangement which sees Breakfast Republic extended to 10am and followed immediately by The Nicky Byrne Show is expected to continue through the new autumn schedule.

A spokesperson for RTE Radio 1 said, "We're focused on the JNLRs releasing today for all stations.  The RTE Radio 1 9am slot will be announced in due course."

The changes follow the recent announcement that Eoghan McDermott would replace Colm Hayes on DriveBy while Colm moves to the weekend breakfast slot, starting from September.

Kathryn Thomas and Dave Fanning to fill in for Ray D'Arcy and John Murray as Derek Mooney gets new show 

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