Broadcasting legend Terry Wogan says Ryan Tubridy should “relax and be himself” when he takes over his former radio show, which has an audience of 8.8m, including the Queen.
Wogan, who was guest of honour at the Mayor of Limerick’s annual ball last night, described Tubridy as an established and veteran broadcaster in Ireland who should simply “be himself” when he temporarily takes over the BBC 2 breakfast show when current presenter Chris Evans goes on holidays.
“He shouldn’t try to be anything but himself. If he doesn’t feel things are going particularly well on a given day, he shouldn’t let the pressure get to him because it will be fine the following day,” Wogan said.
“It’s only a job, it’s only broadcasting, it’s only radio, and it’s not the end of the world,” added Wogan, who was made a Freeman of Limerick in 2007.
Tubridy’s popularity may be on the wane in Ireland, but it’s going in the opposite direction across the Irish Sea.
The 38-year-old had a successful stint as a stand-in presenter on BBC radio last year and will return to an even higher profile when he takes over from Evans. He will also present the programme on a one-off basis next Monday
“It’s great to be back at the BBC for another stint, especially as it’s the show that was once presented by the incomparable Irishman, Terry Wogan, and now run by one of my all-time favourite broadcasters, Chris Evans,” Tubridy said.
However, Tubridy has again dismissed rumours his growing popularity in Britain will see him ditching his work with RTÉ.
He confirmed yesterday he will continue to present his weekday morning show on 2FM. It is understood he will take unpaid leave from RTÉ to host Chris Evans’s show on the BBC.
The offer of further work with the BBC will prove welcome news for the Late Late Show host, who has seen the audience for his daily radio programme on 2FM fall almost 15% over the past year.
The programme suffered a further drop in listeners according to the latest official results this week. They showed Tubridy’s show now attracts an average audience of 172,000 — down 4,000 from three months ago and down 30,000 since the same time last year.
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