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Tubridy expresses 'relief' after his nervy BBC Radio debut

Shane Hickey

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

Irish TV and Radio presenter Ryan Tubridy , at BBC Radio Centre, London, who is standing in for Graham Norton during the summer on his BBC Radio show. Photo: PA
Irish TV and Radio presenter Ryan Tubridy , at BBC Radio Centre, London, who is standing in for Graham Norton during the summer on his BBC Radio show. Photo: PA

EVEN the most experienced of broadcasters can feel the first-day nerves, it seems.

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Ryan Tubridy breathed a sigh of relief when his debut presenting slot on BBC Radio 2 ended after months of anticipation.

"I'm relieved because I spent the last few days feeling like I was about to do Leaving Cert Maths Paper 1," he said after the show.

"I'll admit I have been a very difficult person to be beside the last week. Now the first show is over I'm excited again. And I can learn from my mistakes for the next time."

Saturday's appearance on the BBC was the first in an eight-week run where he is covering for Graham Norton on the morning show.

Yesterday, the 2FM host went to the cinema on a day off before returning to his regular spot, 'The Tubridy Show', this morning.

The legacy of broadcasters who had gone before him was not lost on 'The Late Late Show' presenter prior to his debut.

"Just to add to the no-pressure vibe, the seat I'm on is that used by Terry Wogan and Michael Parkinson," he told his followers on Twitter.

The three-hour show took in interviews with Alastair Campbell and Andrea Corr, while the broadcaster dropped a few names by mentioning his encounters with the queen and US President Barack Obama during their visits to Ireland this summer.

After the show, he sent a message to those who congratulated him on his performance.

"Sincere thanks for the support, it's greatly appreciated. Talk to you on Monday, 2FM/9am (if I don't see you in Dublin later that is)," he tweeted.

However, he also admitted that the first show was not perfect.

"I did my own thing and we'll see what way they want to go from here. I wouldn't say I nailed it because we didn't," he said.

His stint on the BBC will run every Saturday until September 17.

In the past, the Dubliner has refused to rule out whether a permanent move to the UK is on the cards after he finishes the next run of 'The Late Late Show' in 2012.

Irish Independent

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