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I'm worried no one will want to read story of my life, reveals Joe

HE is one of RTE's most popular broadcasters with hundreds of thousands of loyal fans, but Joe Duffy still suffers from jitters when it comes to penning his memoirs.

The RTE broadcaster, who is set to write an autobiography, has revealed his fears that no one will read it.



Hazy

The Liveline presenter -- who returns to the show on Friday -- is currently in negotiations with publishers Transworld Ireland to pen the book -- but wonders if it has the potential to be a bestseller.

"My main worry is, 'Will anyone be interested?'," he said.

The 54-year-old is sure about one aspect of the book, due in bookshops next year -- he will write it himself.

"There'll be no ghost-writers. I like writing and have been thinking about doing a book for a while," Duffy said.

To complete the memoir, the presenter said he planned to confer with some old friends where his own recollection might be a bit hazy.

"I presume you start asking people, people with good memories," he said.

An interesting passage of Duffy's memoirs will be his account of what happened when RTE dropped him from Gay Byrne's morning show where he had been roving reporter and co-host.

It will tell how he picked himself up to continue at the station before taking over as presenter of Liveline in 1999.

"Whatever about the book, anyone who knows me will tell you Liveline is my main priority and the show is back on Friday," Duffy added. The father-of-three, who has yet to sign the final contract for the book, could be underplaying his own popularity.

He currently has 1,700 followers to his own personal Twitter account.

According to the latest JNLR figures, Liveline is the second most listened to programme on RTE Radio after Morning Ireland, with an audience of 414,000 listeners each day



Paid

Duffy -- who presented religious programme Spirit Level on RTE1 TV on Sunday mornings during 2009 and 2010 -- was paid €408,889 by the state broadcaster in 2008, the last year for which figures are available.

Publishers Transworld Ireland did not comment when contacted yesterday.

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