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03rd Sep 2023

Majority of Irish people think RTÉ was right to cut ties with Ryan Tubridy

Simon Kelly

Ryan Tubridy

The presenter was supposed to be back on the air tomorrow.

RTÉ was right to drop Ryan Tubridy, say the majority of Irish people, according to a new poll conducted by the Sunday Independent.

The former Late Late Show host was due to hit the airwaves again on Monday (September 4) after talks resumed in August about a new contract with the broadcaster.

However, RTÉ performed a spectacular U-turn on the decision to bring back Tubridy, after the presenter released a statement denying any responsibility in the scandal which ignited a series of explosive events within the broadcaster.

According to the poll, most Irish people believed RTÉ Director General Kevin Bakhurst made the right decision, with 57% in agreement with it.

Meanwhile, 32% think Bakhurst was wrong not to bring Tubridy back to RTÉ, with 11% unsure of the decision.

People were also asked if they had confidence in Bakhurst’s ability to reform the station, with 42% thinking he can. 38% of respondents did not have confidence in the new boss and 21% said they weren’t sure.

Majority back Kevin Bakhurst’s decision to not bring back Ryan Tubridy

According to reports, Ryan Tubridy was very close to a return to RTÉ, however a singular paragraph in his statement after the Grant Thornton review released last week stopped dead any plans to bring him back to the air.

“It is also clear that my actual income from RTÉ in 2020 and 2021 matches what was originally published as my earnings for those years and RTÉ has not yet published its top ten earner details for 2022.”

The line proved contentious with the RTÉ board and the positive talks that had been ongoing for weeks suddenly stalled, with Bakhurst later announcing that the presenter would not be returning.

Tubridy’s future has been subject to much speculation since the announcement, as reports of offers from the UK began to circulate.

However, the latest report is that the presenter has been offered a ‘megabucks’ deal at Irish radio station Classic Hits FM, with boss Kevin Brannigan saying their listeners would love him.

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