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Presenters Ryan Tubridy and Craig Doyle at the launch of the New Season on RTE Television yesterday.

Pic:Mark Condren

8.8.2012

Presenters Ryan Tubridy and Craig Doyle at the launch of the New Season on RTE Television yesterday. Pic:Mark Condren 8.8.2012

Presenters Ryan Tubridy and Craig Doyle at the launch of the New Season on RTE Television yesterday. Pic:Mark Condren 8.8.2012

LAST week Craig Doyle said he'd never work for RTE 2 television again – but he has lined up a radio slot with the broadcaster.

It seems Montrose bosses have no hard feelings about Doyle's harsh words, because they've handed him Ryan Tubridy's hot-seat.

"I'm very supportive of Ryan, and he has always been so supportive of me so I'm happy to do this. It's a pleasure stepping in for such a nice guy," he told the Herald.

Tubridy is set to take a holiday next week but won't be making his usual jaunt to BBC until the end of July.

BBC listeners will be entertained by the RTE host when he covers for Drivetime presenter Simon Mayo for two weeks from July 22 to August 2.

Several presenters have stepped in for Tubridy during his breaks, including most recently former Westlife star Nicky Byrne.

But Doyle has been handed the microphone this time – despite appearing to take a pop at RTE last week.

Having recently signed a major four-year deal to host rugby coverage for BT, the former Grandstand star has revealed how he gets paid more money doing adverts in Ireland than working for RTE.

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"I never minded, because what you earn from RTE is relative to the state RTE is in. When that's the case you can't argue and I get that. People say to me, 'you do a lot of adverts' but there's a reason. When you do adverts, that's your payday," said Doyle.

"Did it damage my brand? Well I would never be as self- absorbed as to think of myself as a brand. It's just a bloody job to me, but the BT deal is the biggest deal I've ever done," he said. The father-of-four revealed the sense of relief he felt escaping the "cheap jibes" in Ireland which came with his former RTE chat show

"In Ireland, you are more susceptible to that. You have to take that into account when working in Ireland. As a chat show presenter, you become the centre of attention and I don't want that in my life anymore."

Doyle admitted he was "exhausted" filling in for two days on Tubridy's 2fm show earlier this year.

"I don't know how Ryan does that five days in a row and then the biggest TV show in the country. He works very hard and he's a nice guy," said Doyle.

Tubridy could well fellow him to the UK with his slot on Simon Mayo's Drivetime show giving him an audience of six million.

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