Tuesday 12 December 2017

RTE spent over €122,000 transforming Late Late Show set into a 'New York style loft'

Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTE spent €122,808 transforming The Late Late Show set into a “New York style loft”.

Since 2007, RTE have spent over €400,000 refurbishing the set of the flagship TV show.

The set was previously undated in 2009 - when Tubridy took over as host - at a cost of €112,611 and in 2007 at a cost of €174,155. 

Channel Controller of RTÉ One, Adrian Lynch, believes the 2009 set had reached the end “of its useful life” after five seasons on air.

“The average lifespan of a set in television is usually no more than four years and this is the first new Late Late Show set since 2009," he said. 

“Ryan’s original set had been used for close to 200 shows and over 400 hours of live television. After five seasons it had finally reached the end of its useful life.” 

The current set, which features faux exposed brick walls, glass panelling and tan leather couches, was designed by Marcella Power and constructed for considerably less than the reported cost of €250,000 published in some publications earlier this year.

The 2015 refurbishment costs cover furniture, props, drapes, LED lighting, signage, carpet, build, and interchangeable stages.

Tubridy has compared his current set to a “New York loft” and feels it is more reflective of him as a broadcaster.

“It’s the kind of place you feel you should be swirling a tumbler of whiskey in,” Tubridy said. “I think is unique and high end.”

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