Thursday 21 February 2019

Ian Dempsey shocked The Late Late show didn't pay tribute to Tony Fenton

Tony Fenton with fellow Today FM DJ's Phil Cawley and Ian Dempsey in 2004 Credit: Marc O'Sullivan
Tony Fenton with fellow Today FM DJ's Phil Cawley and Ian Dempsey in 2004 Credit: Marc O'Sullivan
Tony Fenton at the ceremony in the BAI offices where he was inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame Credit: Iain White
Radio presenter Ian Dempsey
DJ Tony Fenton Credit: Marc O'Sullivan
Tony Fenton Credit: Ronan Lang

David Kearns

Ian Dempsey has hit out at RTE for failing to mention the passing of Tony Fenton on the Late Late Show.

The Today FM star said he was surprised the show's producers "didn't give [him] even 30 seconds" on Friday night given that he had spoken to Ryan Tubridy ahead of The Late Late Show.

Airing his grievance on Twitter, Mr Dempsey wrote: “Got a personal call from Ryan Tubridy today so I’m surprised that Late Late Show producers didn’t give Tony Fenton even 30 seconds.”

Read More: 'Nobody knew how to live life so brilliantly' - Today FM pay emotional tribute to the late Tony Fenton

The radio star Tony Fenton passed away on Thursday evening, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Tony Fenton at the ceremony in the BAI offices where he was inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame Credit: Iain White
Tony Fenton at the ceremony in the BAI offices where he was inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame Credit: Iain White

The much-loved presenter had worked for RTE for 18 years before moving to Today FM, and had acted as a mentor to many of RTE's top stars.

Asked if there was a reason why Mr Fenton's passing was not mentioned on the 'Late Late Show', an RTE spokesperson declined to comment to independent.ie

Read More: Ryan Tubridy thanks 'kind' Tony Fenton for taking him on when he was an intern at RTE

Despite not mentioning him on the Late Late, Ryan Tubridy did give a special tribute to the presenter on his 2FM show on Friday.

Speaking in the morning, he said he was upset at hearing of Tony’s passing adding that, “if you believe in heaven, the good news is that heaven just got itself a DJ”.

“I started in RTE some years ago, when I was about 23 or 24 and I was running around making tea and coffee for whoever would take it from me.

“Then one of the guys turned around and said: ‘You seem like a nice fellow, you can come and help me out and work with me a little bit’ and that was Tony," he added.

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