It's about time Aoibhinn got her own show," says Tubs
BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy said its about time Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain has been given her own programme on RTE radio.
The 2FM host told the Irish Independent that he would be the first to offer advice to Ni Shuilleabhain, who is to take over Miriam O'Callaghan's Sunday slot on Radio 1 in July, should she need or want it before her first show.
Tubridy (40) said that the move is a positive and forward thinking one by RTE.
“I think it's a brave appointment because RTE need to be thinking about nurturing new talent for the future. We can't have people like me wandering the place all the time.
“You need to be thinking about what's next, and who's up-and-coming," he said.
"There are a lot of changes happening in radio at the moment in both 2fm and Radio 1.”
“People have said that Radio 1 needed new faces and more women on the
radio, it's also nice to see someone younger as well."
However, the father-of-two insisted he will not feature on 'Aoibhinn & Company' as a guest.
“I'll be listening to the radio on a Sunday morning, of course I will. If Aoibhinn asks for advice, I'll be the first in the queue to give it," he said.
“She's 30 years of age, a scientist, she's very accomplished with music and in everything she pretty much turns her hand to and she likes challenges.
“So I think this is a great opportunity and I would have full confidence in the show, but it would ridiculous to go on the show.”
With 'The Late Late Show' finished until the Autumn, the presenter is planning to take his family on a holiday next week, ahead of a two week stint at the BBC in late July.
Speaking at the launch of charity car event Cannonball 5 yesterday, Tubridy said he's also looking forward to putting the final touches to his second book, entitled "The Irish Are Coming", which will be released in November.
"It's really just a tribute to the amazing Irish people who have conquered Britain," he said.
“It looks at everyone from the Duke of Wellington, Dara O'Brian, Terry Wogan, Graham Norton, right up to Niall Horan.
“It's a celebration of Irishness and the story of Ireland and Britain and the relations between the two countries. It cover a huge amount of things, but I'm very happy with it.”
Tubridy was keen to interview as many people as possible for the book. He sat down with veteran broadcaster Wogan over lunch in London and also interviewed "old college friend" O'Briain as well as Norton.
Cannonball 5, the largest organised road trip in Europe, has been sponsored by Manhattan popcorn and takes place from August 23 to 25. The starting line will be at Kildare's Mondello racetrack and Tubridy's 2FM team will broadcasting live as thousands rev their engines to set out on the challenge and raise money for the LauraLynn Foundation.