Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ryan Tubridy: 'I haven't met the new RTE boss yet...I imagine the Late Late will be the first port of call'

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes
Ryan Tubridy
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Ryan Tubridy has revealed he has yet to meet RTE's newly appointed Director General Dee Forbes.

While he might the state broadcaster's top earner and host two of its most popular programmes on television and radio, Tubridy said he knows "as much as anyone else" about her plans for the new role.

It was announced in April that Forbes, who was formerly the head of the Discover Channel in Europe, would be replacing outgoing DG Noel Curran.

"I haven't met the new boss yet. The only communication we have had is that we were doing a show from Skibbereen and she was listening from London and messaged our Facebook page to ask whether we were having a nice time or not in her home town because she is from nearby Drimoleague," he told the Irish Mail on Sunday.

RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes
RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes

"But I haven't met her and I only know as much as anyone else in terms of who she is. But she seems like she has the experience anyway and I think a fresh pair of eyes on RTE is no harm at all."

As host of the Late Late Show, the world's longest running chat show, which is still going strong after 54 years on air, Tubridy said he expects there are plans in place to evaluate the programme.

"I would imagine the Late Late will be the first port of call, but what can she do? The Late Late Show is doing well and it is good and I wish her well in the new job. It will be interesting to meet her and say hello."

The 43-year-old broadcaster said he "never takes the Late Late Show for granted", adding: "It's not my gig to say that I own it and I will decide when i will go. You are always fighting to keep relevant and to stay in charge of your brief and reinvent the role."

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

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