Wednesday 18 October 2017

Tubridy rules out BBC move as Montrose goes silent on Mooney future

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Derek Mooney
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Ryan Tubridy has quashed rumours that he is considering a move to the BBC, stating that his "commitment lies firmly with RTE".

Earlier this summer, Tubridy said he "wouldn't rule out" a career in the UK following his successful stint at BBC Radio where he was covering for broadcaster Simon Mayo.

"If you asked me that question a couple of years ago I would have said that was highly unlikely," he said regarding a permanent move to the BBC.

"Now I'm more inclined to rule the option in than out. It very much might happen," he said at the time.But Tubridy says a move is not on the cards in the foreseeable future due to his demanding work schedule.

"At this stage I am focused and consumed by The Late Late Show and 2FM," he said. "They take all my energies. I'm not thinking about the BBC at all."

The statement comes after speculation that Derek Mooney plans to leave his popular afternoon show 'Mooney'. While RTE denied that Mooney will leave his radio programme this year, they said they "cannot comment on next year".

A spokesperson for RTE Radio said: "We are not making any changes to radio between now and the end of the year, and I can't comment on next year."

It is believed Mooney plans on giving up his daily show so he can work on wildlife documentaries for both radio and television.

Mooney has been presenting a daily radio programme since 1995 and pulls average listenership figures of 219,000.

Irish Independent

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