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Tubridy flies out to seal radio deal with BBC chiefs

RTE'S Ryan Tubridy jetted to London this week amid rumours he's in final negotiations about his BBC offer.

The Herald can reveal how the 2fm broadcaster, who was spotted in the Westminster area, was off work this week as he flew to England to firm up plans for the next stage of his career.

It emerged earlier this month that he was "in talks" to join the BBC later this summer for a radio gig and he is believed to have landed a show on BBC Radio 2.

When asked if his visit to London had anything to do with the lucrative job offer from the British corporation, an RTE spokesperson explained: "Ryan is on leave this week but will be back in Dublin for the Late Late Show."

He added that Tubridy wouldn't be doing any special report from the royal wedding during his time over there. "I don't have reasons for his travel," he said.

Radio presenter Dave Fanning was filling in for the Late Late Show host during his time off but the dad-of-two flew back to Dublin ahead of fronting last night's show, which featured Jedward among its guests.

Huge speculation now hangs over his next move as the €533,000-a-year presenter will be off our TV screens shortly for the programme's summer break. And Tubridy has always insisted that his RTE bosses have no problem with him taking on extra work with another station during the break in the Late Late Show.





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He said nothing had been agreed yet and rubbished reports he would be paid €30,000 for the stint.

"If it does happen, the likelihood is that it'll be for about eight weeks in the summerimte on a Saturday morning which would have zero interference with what I do here in RTE.

"Monday to Friday I'll be here (on 2fm) with you guys, so nothing happens there. So it's really just a look at something different for a few weeks it it happens."

He added: "I'm not going anywhere long term by any means, so I'm very committed to what I'm doing here.

"I love working here -- great friends, great colleagues, great place to work, I have to to tell you.

"I'm well looked after and I'm well supported by everyone from my colleagues on both teams, management and beyond. So it's all good. Peace in the valley."

No stranger to big-money offers, the chat show host had already been approached by the network last year to take over for Jonathan Ross's radio show for a 12-week period during the summer.

He turned down the offer citing work commitments, combined with the sudden death of Gerry Ryan, as his reason for declining the offer.

His agent Noel Kelly said at the time: "I think Ryan made the right decision."

mfinn@herald.ie


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