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19th Dec 2023

Ryan Tubridy’s start date for new UK radio gig brought forward

Simon Kelly

Tubs is back on the air sooner than we thought.

Ryan Tubridy will be hitting the airwaves as part of his new hosting role on the UK’s Virgin Radio a few days earlier than previously scheduled.

It was announced in November that the ex Late Late Show host would be starting his first broadcasting job since leaving RTÉ in January 2024, with his debut show taking place on Thursday, January 4.

However, it has since emerged that Tubridy will be broadcasting to listeners two days earlier, at 10am on Tuesday, January 2.

The Dubliner will follow his colleague Chris Evans’ show, with a three-hour slot that will also be broadcast on Dublin’s Q102 station for Irish listeners.

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy’s start date for new UK radio gig brought forward

While Tubridy’s shows will be broadcast from Monday to Friday, he is also planning to broadcast a dedicated Irish show on Q102, Cork’s 96FM, Live 95 in Limerick, and LMFM.

Appearing on Doireann Garrihy’s podcast recently, the 50-year-old said that leaving RTÉ when he did was the right choice.

“I was so happy I chose to go when I did,” Ryan said on the podcast, adding that he felt “out of juice” after Covid.

“It was a little earlier than I was contractually obliged to go but I knew in my heart [the time was right].”

He added that he had always wanted to move to London. “I was thinking about it. I was procrastinating, going ‘maybe some day.’ I was ‘maybe some day’-ing my life away. Until I was [metaphorically] mugged. And it was the best mugging a man could get.”

The presenter admitted that, while offers came in from both sides of the sea after he left RTÉ, the UK was more appealing to him at the time.

“When you’ve done the Late Late Show, it’s hard to go anywhere else in Ireland. I don’t mean that disrespectfully, but I’ve had a go of everything here and I’ve really loved it. But it’s time to change.”

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