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I won't be back on 'sick' RTE - Craig


IG BD agus Craig Doyle.jpg

IG BD agus Craig Doyle.jpg

IG BD agus Craig Doyle.jpg

TV presenter Craig Doyle certainly won't be back on RTE for a bit – he's just signed one of the "biggest deals in sport".

"I won't be appearing on RTE 2 again. RTE has been a little unwell of late. It's going through a period of change. It needs a bit of nursing and I will leave it to them," Craig (40) told the Herald.

He broke the news to RTE bosses after signing a four-year deal with BT in the UK to host live rugby on a dedicated cable channel.

"I hadn't had a chance to tell RTE about the BT deal so I thought it was good manners to go in and have that chat," he said.


His Craig Doyle Live chat show once ran twice a week on RTE.

"The beauty about sport presenting is you are passing on information rather than being at the centre of attention as a chat show host. I don't want that in my life anymore," he added.

Describing the first run of his RTE chatshow as "horrendous", he revealed: "I was going to walk from it. I told them after two or three, 'I'm not doing this anymore, it's s*** and this isn't what we planned'.

"So we said, 'Let's just get to the end, we'll do six and then we'll tear it apart, which we did'. We came again and it got better, and the last season we did, went really well."

Saying he believed that RTE has "got to take a reality check", the father-of-four said he felt for staff in Montrose.

"As the great philosophers say 'through conflict there is change'. Many of the staff in RTE went in there straight from school and college 15 or 20 years ago.

"They really don't know what's going to happen next, but they're good people," he said.