RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy is filling in on BBC radio for Chris Evans this week – however the decision has met with a mixed reaction from listeners.
Tubridy has become a regular stand in for the BBC when one of their presenters is off – earlier this summer he filled in for fellow Irish man Graham Norton.
The station announced Tubridy would be covering for Evans yesterday on the show’s Facebook page, saying “Ryan has dug out this rather patriotically-coloured sweater to keep away the Autumn chills this morning!”
However the announcement met with mixed reaction from listeners who expressed their opinions through comments on the page.
Richard Sharpe said: “I just turned on Radio 2.... heard it was Ryan and turned it off again”. Another listener, Andy Barton said: “Oh god not Ryan - get him off !!!”
Meanwhile Paul Radford joked: “The ONLY benefit to Ryan standing in for Chris is that it's not Richard Madely.”
However the Late Late show presenter also received much positive feedback from listeners. Nikki Spalding said: “I love Ryan, his Irish accent is perfect first thing in the morning! X”.
Commenting on his picture Ashley Simms said: “He looks like a young Burt Reynolds....”
RTE have refused to disclose how much they are paying Des Bishop, who is standing in for Tubridy on his 2FM show this week while he is in the UK.
As both Ryan Tubridy and Des Bishop are contracted to RTE as a sole traders, details of their contracts with the state broadcaster remain strictly confidential.