Tuesday 16 July 2019

Tubridy has 'mixed emotions' about his return to Radio 1

Ryan Tubridy is returning to Radio 1
Ryan Tubridy is returning to Radio 1

Emma Jane Hade

Ryan Tubridy is set to reclaim his Radio 1 throne, as RTE bosses have confirmed the father-of-two will return to the station this autumn.

The broadcaster will return to his former 9am slot on Radio 1 from September, fronting the 'Ryan Tubridy Show'.

This move comes as part of a dramatic shake-up in RTE Radio.

The 42-year-old is well used to the prime time Radio 1 slot, having been there for five years until 2010 - when he replaced the late Gerry Ryan on 2FM.

Last month, Radio 1 announced 'The John Murray Show' was drawing to a close.

Murray (50) will now move to the weekend schedule and broadcaster Brendan O'Connor has been behind the mic since his departure.

'Late Late Show' host Tubridy confirmed the news of his move yesterday after weeks of speculation and said he has "mixed emotions" about saying goodbye to his 2fm team.

He held the Radio 1 slot prior to John Murray, but was brought to 2fm to take over the show his late friend, Gerry Ryan, presented.

Managing Director of RTE Radio, Jim Jenning, said: "Ryan's return to Radio 1 is a strong strategic statement about the Radio 1 schedule and will add to the programmes already delivering great audiences to the station."

He credited Ryan's "warmth and intelligence" to helping 2fm recover from their slump in the ratings in recent years.

Tubridy said: "The last few years have been spent building a loyal and engaged listenership thanks to the hardest-working team in Irish radio. The story continues as I return to the Radio 1 world that I have always enjoyed and admired.

"It's an increasingly competitive market, with 9am being the toughest slot of them all, but I'm up for the challenge," he added.

Irish Independent

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