It's confirmed: Ryan Tubridy is moving back to RTÉ Radio 1 from 2fm 4 years ago

It's confirmed: Ryan Tubridy is moving back to RTÉ Radio 1 from 2fm

Ryan Tubridy is moving back to RTÉ Radio 1, and will take over the 9am slot vacated by John Murray earlier this summer.

Tubridy originally left for 2fm following the untimely death of Gerry Ryan back in 2010 but he will now return to his old slot for an hour between 9am and 10am on weekday mornings.

Brendan O'Connor has been filling in since Murray left the slot earlier this month, and Murray is expected to return with a new show in the Autumn.

Tubridy says: “It's with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to 2fm and hello again to Radio 1. The last few years have been spent building a loyal and engaged listenership thanks to the hardest working team in Irish radio; I am extremely grateful to them.

"The recent increase in listener numbers is down to the team and I will miss them as friends and colleagues on 2fm enormously.

"I would like to thank the listeners who texted, called and emailed every day and were so generous with the stories and experiences that made up the fabric of our show. Now, the story continues as I return to the Radio 1 world that I have always enjoyed and admired.

"It's an increasingly competitive market, with 9am being the toughest slot of them all, but I'm up for the challenge and look forward to making quality radio for RTÉ Radio 1."

2fm are not expected to make an announcement on their own shake-up for a couple of weeks.

It has been speculated that Breakfast Republic will be extended by an hour to 10am, with Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene following on, but this is yet to be confirmed.