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Saturday 19 April 2014

Ryan Tubridy ‘anxious’ as radio ratings report card looms

2FM star says his future of his morning show at the station lies in the hands of RTE bosses

Rte 2fm's Ryan Tubridy pictured with students Roisin O Sullivan, age 11 (Left) and Rachel Whent age 11(Right) both from Kilmeen National School in Clonakilty when he broadcast his popular morning show from The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014 at The Rds Dublin.
Rte 2fm's Ryan Tubridy pictured with students Roisin O Sullivan, age 11 (Left) and Rachel Whent age 11(Right) both from Kilmeen National School in Clonakilty when he broadcast his popular morning show from The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014 at The Rds Dublin.

IT is like the dread of exam results.

The JNLR radio ratings are due in at the end of the month and after dropping to 152,000 listeners at last count, 2fm king Ryan Tubridy admits he's feeling a little anxious.

“I will be nervous,” he told The Herald. “They're like a report card and I will wait with curiosity to |see how it goes.”

But Tubridy is trying to remain philosophical about the outcome.

“My fate regarding radio and television is in the hands of others,” he said.

“Whatever happens, happens. I have to be very philosophical about what happens.

“It's not up to me, I just do my best. And the people who are important make decisions.”

“I'm very happy with my team, I'm very happy with the content. I have no issue with the radio thing,” he added.

“If the figures go up or down – the decision on whether they've gone up enough or down too much is up to the bosses.”

Tubridy said that he doesn’t waste his time worrying about his future.

“I'm not actually the master of my own destiny in that regards. I'm quite chilled out about it. What would be the point?” he said.

“It would be a total waste of my time to go, 'Huh! What will happen?”

Last year, it was announced flame haired gaelgoir Hector Ó hEochagáin would be leaving the station. And Ryan says he |will miss the chatty host.

“I loved working with Hector and I loved his show. I thought he signed off in a really stylish way and now it's about the future,” he said.

“It's what next in 2fm that is exciting. But I will be staying in my slot – I can confirm that 100pc, I will be there. But there will be change around me. I await it with interest and change is healthy.”

Last year, Ryan and his other half science boff and TV host Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain |moved in together.

And last week Aoibhinn admitted she could see herself taking a trip down the aisle |in the next decade.

“Could I see myself being a bride? Well, every girl can see themselves as being a bride at some stage, can't they? It is nothing I am planning at |the minute,” she said.

When asked if he could see himself popping the questionRyan remained coy.

“I think I'm a man who knows my own mind, and I keep myself to myself in that department.”

“Any discussions on that will be kept for the people at the centre of it. I'm not talking about that.”

Irish Independent

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