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RTE bosses slammed over Tubridy's switch to BBC

RTE is coming under pressure about letting Ryan Tubridy swan off to the BBC for the summer hols.

The station, which pays Tubridy more than €500k a year, claims it doesn't have exclusive control over Tubridy's movements.

It emerged today that The Late Late Show host will work for the BBC during his summer holidays -- earning up to €30k for the two-month stint -- if the two parties strike an agreement.

As reported in the Herald yesterday, Tubridy looks likely to host a prime-time radio slot with the broadcaster for eight weeks.

Speculation has grown that the 37-year-old could make the move permanent if everything goes well.

A senior RTE source told the Herald today that the situation has become a running joke in Montrose.

"Here's a guy who gets a fortune every year from RTE, and we don't even own his rights," said the insider.

The €533,000-a-year presenter could follow in the footsteps of Terry Wogan and Graham Norton who are established names across the water.

It is expected Tubridy will sign a deal with the BBC at the end of this month before going over at the end of July for a run of eight Saturdays.

Ryan's bosses at RTE would have no power to stop their star man as he is a free agent for part of the summer.

His brother Garrett had jokingly revealed the talks with the BBC, saying: "Congratulations on the gig with the Beeb. If you're moving to London, can I take your car?"

In a follow-up tweet today, Garrett added: "Odds on getting my hands on his car? Think: Lotto."

Ryan admitted he is having "real" talks with the BBC over a potential move.

"It's funny. Look, it's just talk, that's all it is, a bit of talk. But I'm here and I love it and I'm really happy, and I won't be going anywhere today or tomorrow. It's talk, but it's real talk," he said.

Gay Byrne backed Tubridy to be a hit in England.

The Late Late Show legend said he thinks it is a "great move for Ryan" and a "wonderful opportunity".

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