Saturday 21 April 2018

Tubridy takes day off to fly to BBC for ‘social gathering’

Ryan Tubridy pictured leaving RTE Radio Centre after his morning show today.
Ryan Tubridy pictured leaving RTE Radio Centre after his morning show today.

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

RTE star Ryan Tubridy, right, took a day's annual leave to attend an "informal social gathering" at the BBC last Wednesday.

Just days after Lewis Carnie, head of programmes at BBC Radio 2, told the Irish Independent that the 'Late Late' host's "talents fit very well" with his station, the 37-year-old visited the BBC in London for some social drinks.

Already covering for BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce over Christmas, the news will further fuel speculation Mr Tubridy is contemplating a permanent move to the Beeb after it was revealed he is fronting a one-off radio documentary for the station on 'Riverdance'.

"Ryan was on annual leave yesterday. We don't have any more details," an RTE spokesman said last night.

Reports on Twitter claimed the RTE star had attended a BBC Radio 2 launch in London; "All of BBC Radio 2 (and Ryan Tubridy) together in one place", said one tweeter.

But when contacted last night by the Irish Independent about the BBC launch, Mr Tubridy described it as a "informal social gathering", but said he was too busy to make any further comment.

Mr Tubridy's 'Riverdance' radio documentary, featuring interviews with the show's composer Bill Whelan, as well as co-founder Moya Doherty, airs on December 21.

Speaking earlier this week, Mr Tubridy said he was flattered by Mr Carnie's comments but ruled out any immediate move to the BBC, claiming he was "enconsed in his 2fm show".

"These comments from Mr Carnie are nice but it's not going to affect my focus on 2fm, until that changes I want to keep the head down and do what I'm doing,"he said.

Irish Independent

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