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28th Jun 2023

RTÉ confirm Ryan Tubridy’s return to radio ‘paused’ amid wage scandal

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The broadcaster also stated that his contract has “come to an end”.

RTÉ has confirmed that negotiations regarding Ryan Tubridy’s radio responsibilities have been paused and that his contract has “come to an end” amid controversy surrounding his wages.

Last week, the RTÉ Board revealed that the presenter’s annual earnings between 2017 and 2022 had been understated by the broadcaster.

The RTÉ Board said that Tubridy was paid over €300,000 more during this time than initially declared. It then issued an apology over the matter, describing it as “a serious breach of trust with the public”.

The presenter himself also apologised, while a later review by accountancy firm Grant Thornton found “no wrong doing” by him.

However, in a statement on Wednesday (28 June), the national broadcaster said that negotiations regarding Tubridy’s Radio One show have been put on hold.

Ryan Tubridy apology

This is as his most recent contract with RTÉ began in July 2020 and was due to end in March 2025.

“Ryan Tubridy stood down from the Late Late Show in May,” the statement from the broadcaster reads.

“RTÉ has written to his agent that the contract including all arrangements therein has come to an end.

“Negotiations had commenced regarding his radio responsibilities. Those negotiations have been paused as with all negotiations as per Board statement.”

The former Late Late Show host has not been on air this week as the fallout from the pay revelations continues. Oliver Callan has been taking over his slot.

In a statement on Friday, Ryan said he was “disappointed” not to be able to host his radio programme.

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