Here's what Ryan Tubridy would like to change about the Late Late Show 1 year ago

Here's what Ryan Tubridy would like to change about the Late Late Show

He has ideas.

In terms of its unique place in the history of broadcasting, Irish people are right to feel an immense sense of pride when it comes to the Late Late Show.

Not only is it the world's second longest-running late-night talk show, after the American The Tonight Show, but over the decades, the Late Late Show has discussed, shaped, and challenged some of the major cultural, social, and political issues of the era.

For example, moments like Gay Byrne daring to talk about contraceptives, the interview with three of The Birmingham Six, and Padraig "Pee" Flynn's notorious interview in 1999 are all defining moments in the Irish zeitgeist.

All this without mentioning The Toy Show and the plethora of memories that the nation's favourite TV special has provided.

Even in more recent times, the Late Late Show continues to have an important role in discussing the major issues that concern Irish citizens - Dara Ó Briain nailing the ignorance of some British people over the border and Brexit being a fine example - but the show is not without its critics.

Despite the fact that it's rightfully regarded as an Irish television institution, Ryan Tubridy is aware of the need for the show to innovate and move with the times.

During a recent chat with Dion Fanning on the second episode of Ireland Unfiltered, Tubridy discussed some of the changes that he would like to implement during his tenure as host of the show.

Of course, any major production changes and decisions are made by the producers of the Late Late Show but Tubridy was more than happy to discuss his future and what he'd like to see implemented.

"I was never a man for what-iffery. I'm quite stoical about taking it on the chin and this is what it is. Where will I be in ten years time? Will I be presenting the Late Late Show? I don't know. That's a non-answer, but it's all that I've got for you at the moment because it's in the gift of others."

With regards to changes that he would like to see on the show, here's what he had to say:

"The TV is slightly restrictive because it's all about camera and the size of the audience. It's a completely different medium to radio. Doing the radio show feels like it's going down to your kitchen table with some tea and toast and just saying' what's going on?' but with 330,000 people listening."

On this note, Tubridy would like to see the Late Late Show incorporate some of the attributes that shape his radio show.

"I'd like to warm it up if I can and take it (Late Late Show) somewhere that's a bit more me, but I don't know if the viewers want that and I don't know if TV is wide enough to accept a little bit more freeform content. I'd probably do longer form interviews - if I had a bit more time. I'd probably consider trimming the show, if possible. That's not necessarily going to happen today or tomorrow. I'd just do things that would allow me to be a bit more like my radio personality."

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