Thursday 17 August 2017

Ryan Tubridy 'It's with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to 2fm and hello again to Radio 1'

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has said it is with "mixed emotions" that he will take over the reins at Radio 1's morning show.

Today RTE confirmed Ryan Tubridy would replace John Murray on the 9am slot on Radio 1.

“It's with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to 2fm and hello again to Radio 1," Tubridy told independent.ie.

"The last few years have been spent building a loyal and engaged listenership thanks to the hardest working team in Irish radio; I am extremely grateful to them."

"The recent increase in listener numbers is down to the team and I will miss them as friends and colleagues on 2fm enormously. I would like to thank the listeners who texted, called and emailed every day and were so generous with the stories and experiences that made up the fabric of our show."

He added: "Now, the story continues as I return to the Radio 1 world that I have always enjoyed and admired.  It's an increasingly competitive market, with 9am being the toughest slot of them all, but I'm up for the challenge and look forward to making quality radio for RTÉ Radio 1.”

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.

However, Tubs is set to return to his former slot on the more talk-oriented Radio 1 from September.

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The Ryan Tubridy Show on 2FM has been garnering more and more listeners at every count 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.

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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.

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.

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