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Tubridy signs new RTE deal and ditches switch to BBC

RYAN Tubridy has decided to pledge his short-term future to RTE and has no immediate plans to jump ship to the BBC.

The 37-year-old broadcaster has just signed a new three year contract with RTE -- along with a hefty paycut.

The presenter's new annual salary, estimated at €373,333 will be considerably less than the €533,333 he was being paid by the station four years ago.

The Late Late Show host had indicated prior to the new contract that he was willing to accept less pay.

Under the new deal he will continue to host the Late Late Show and his Tubridy 2fm show until 2015.

He is now unlikely to make any permanent move to the BBC in the near future despite that station describing him as "arguably the biggest chat show host and television presenter in Ireland."

They were so impressed when he presented Graham Norton's Saturday morning slot last year that they invited him back this year to stand in for Chris Evans on his Radio 2 high profile breakfast show this summer.

The father-of-two has already managed to gain a small increase in listeners for his 2fm show and is now attracting 172,000 listeners

But he is still trailing behind rival Ray D'Arcy at Today FM who has a listenership of 249,000.

Tubridy has described the struggle he and his radio team had in introducing listeners to their show which replaced the Gerry Ryan show and his relief that they were finally increasing their listenership share.

Ray Darcy suggested that Ryan Tubridy had not lost listeners in taking over the Gerry Ryan show after his death.

"Gerry Ryan's fans just stopped listening to the radio when he died. Ryan has to find new listeners, he just didn't inherit all of Gerry's."

In relation to the pay cut Ryan Tubridy was quick to say he was willing to take further pay cuts to protect jobs and programming.