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16th Aug 2023

Ryan Tubridy welcomes report and hopes to “re-establish confidence and trust”

Simon Kelly

The presenter thanked all those who have supported him recently.

Ryan Tubridy has welcomed the newly-released Grant Thornton report and says he hopes to “re-establish confidence and trust” with colleagues and listeners.

The report, which released on Wednesday morning, cleared Tubridy and his agent Noel Kelly of having any involvement in the adjustments made by RTÉ to the presenter’s salary from 2017 – 2019.

It also confirmed that the former Late Late Show presenter waived a bonus of €120,000 that he was entitled to.

In a statement after the release of the findings, Tubridy said:

“I welcome the report’s findings that I did not claim €120,000 in fees which was due to me in 2020 and that I did not agree with how RTÉ proposed to account for this decision.

“It is 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.

“I am committed to re-establishing the confidence and trust of my colleagues and listeners, and I hope that any fair assessment of the findings of today’s report will help in this regard.”

“Finally, I want to acknowledge the huge support that I have received in recent weeks from people across the country; many cards and letters, greetings on the street and words of support from people I bumped into meant an awful lot to me and I appreciate them all very much.”

Ryan Tubridy return

Tubridy and RTÉ in talks for return to the air.

The news comes as the presenter is locked in talks with RTÉ Director General Kevin Bakhurst for a potential return to the air in September.

It was reported last weekend that RTÉ and Tubridy had entered a ‘delicate stage’ of discussions as the national broadcaster is urgently trying to resolve the matter.

“There is an urgency now to resolving this matter and I hope we can do so in the coming week or so,” Mr Bakhurst told the Sunday Independent.

The Director General said he hoped to announce something “next week or the week after.” With the report now publicly released, the announcement may be more imminent.

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