2FM defend Tubridy's 'disappointing' stand-ins while he fills in on BBC
2FM have defended Ryan Tubridy's stand-in hosts after the male/female team have hit a bum note with listeners.
The so-called graveyard-shift hosts Ciara King and Chris Greene were drafted into the mid-morning slot by radio bosses as a temporary replacement for flagship host Ryan Tubridy who spent the week on BBC radio.
However, regular listeners to the light talk show appeared to be missing the Late Late Show host as they struggled to adapt to the new format.
Presenting team King and Greene were brought to the station from iRadio and currently present Bottom of the Barrel, which kicks off Sunday to Thursday at 10pm.
The pair are known for their on-air antics, which include rap competitions and reading excerpts from Ciara's teenage diary, however, some listeners were less than impressed as they tuned in expecting to hear Tubridy's familiar voice.
"What the hell are 2FM thinking putting these two on instead of Ryan Tubridy? I actually find myself knocking the radio off as they are so annoying," said one comment on the show's facebook page.
"Very, very disappointed with 2FM, standards have dropped big time," said another listen, while another added: "Absolutely appaling tripe."
King and Greene are among a host of new stars who were hired in an attempt to attract a younger audience to the station, including ex-Westlife star Nicky Byrne.
RTE said they were "extremely proud" of the two stand-in hosts.
However, some listeners have accused the broadcaster of isolating older audiences.
"I believe this is 2FMs plan to draw in 'younger' listeners, but in doing this they are pushing away the loyal older listeners who were with Gerry Ryan and now with Ryan Tubridy," read one comment.
"All the emphasis is now on 'Dublin young people', 2FM is losing an awful lot of listeners," added another listener.
Tubridy returned from the UK last night, where he had been filling in on BBC2 ahead of the Late Late Show tonight.