Ryan Tubridy gets three more years but less money in RTE deal
RYAN TUBRIDY is to stay with RTE. The Irish Independent has learnt that the 37-year-old has signed a new three-year contract with the station.
However, pay cuts for top talent in RTE mean his new annual salary, estimated at €373,333, will be more than €160,000 down on the €533,333 he was being paid in 2008.
RTE Director General Noel Curran announced last year that he wanted RTE big names to accept a cut of 30pc.
'The Late Late Show' host conceded earlier this year to the Irish Independent that he would suffer a severe drop signing his new contract but was more than willing to accept less pay.
The father of two's contract will see him continuing as host of the 'Late Late Show' and presenting his 'Tubridy' programme on 2fm until 2015.
All eyes will be on new JNLR figures today for his 2fm show, which saw a 3,000 rise in its 175,000 listenership in the last figures in July, but which is still some way behind rival Ray D'Arcy at Today FM on 225,000.
Speaking about the modest increase in listeners last July, Mr Tubridy described the struggle he and his radio team had in introducing listeners to their new show, which replaced a longer slot from the late Gerry Ryan, and spoke of his relief that they were finally making ground.
However, rival Ray D'Arcy recently criticised Tubridy for taking too many holidays.
The Kildare man said: "If Ryan wants to make a go of 2fm, he needs to stop taking so many holidays. He's taken 12 weeks off this year. It takes time to find your audience and for people to know you and like you."
But the Today FM presenter also echoed Tubridy's assertion that the late Gerry Ryan was a hard act to follow.
"He (Tubridy) is not losing listeners. Gerry Ryan's fans just stopped listening to the radio when he died.
"Ryan has to find new listeners. He hasn't lost any Ryan Tubridy listeners, he just didn't inherit all of Gerry's.
"I think people are being unfair when they say he haemorrhages listeners. He doesn't, he still has to find his own." Mr Tubridy's decision to stay with RTE comes after a summer in which he provided weeks of holiday cover for DJ Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 weekday morning radio show between 6.30 am and 9.30am on weekdays.