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Tubs: I won't be taking over Derek Mooney's slot


Ryan Tubridy  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Tubridy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Tubridy Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy has confirmed he will not take over Derek Mooney's weekday RTE Radio One slot next year.

This week, RTE announced Mooney had quit his popular afternoon show and speculation arose as to whether his departure would result in Tubridy returning to Radio One.

But Tubridy is adamant he is staying at 2FM.

"I'm absolutely not moving to Mooney's slot," he told the Herald.

Tubridy's latest Joint National Listener Research ratings saw an increase in his listenership figures of 27,000.

"It hasn't been a bad year for me," he said. The broadcaster says the highlight of his year was presenting the Late Late Toy Show.

"The kids were fantastic and it actually took me about four days to come down from that high," he said. "It was very exciting. 'I was delighted and it was a big result."

Tubridy was speaking from Benetton on Dublin's Grafton Street, from where 2FM broadcasted yesterday as part of their annual Radiothon in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Give a Gift campaign.

A number of well-known faces dropped by throughout the day, including chart-topper Hozier and British singer Olly Murs.

As for Derek Mooney, his show Mooney Goes Wild will air at weekends.

Derek will continue to produce content on radio and TV including a new nature strand on Radio 1 which will air in autumn 2015.

"There's a wonderful world of nature out there," Mooney said. "It's time to explore it and no better place to do it than on radio."