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Tubridy 'happy to spread his wings' as BBC beckons again

Graham Clifford

Published 05/01/2012 | 05:00

Tubridy stands in for Norton...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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 23, 2011. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire...A
Tubridy stands in for Norton...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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 23, 2011. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire...A

RYAN Tubridy has spoken of the joy of "spreading his wings" with another stint presenting at the BBC.

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And while the 'Late Late Show' presenter is ruling out a permanent move to the UK just yet, he observes that Irish presenters seem to enjoy a special relationship with British audiences.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mr Tubridy has just completed his second stint at BBC Radio 2 between Christmas and the New Year, filling in for Scottish presenter Ken Bruce for four days on a show slot that commands an audience of six million.

He told the Irish Independent: "It's great for me to be able to dip in and dip out but obviously I have enormous commitments in Ireland."

There has been speculation linking him with a more permanent move to the BBC after he covered for fellow Irishman Graham Norton on radio last summer.

He enjoyed high ratings of about 3.3 million listeners during his time in the hot seat, which enticed BBC management to again seek his services during the Christmas period.

But Mr Tubridy said he's a minor name in comparison with Irish presenters on multi-million pound contracts in British media.

He said: "I wouldn't put myself in the same bracket as the likes of Graham Norton and other top Irish presenters working in the UK; I've only presented 12 shows there. But of course it's good to spread your wings sometimes and see that there's a bigger world out there."

Irish Independent

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