New Presenter for World's Longest Running Chat Show

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Following the announcement that he is to be the new presenter of 'The Late Late Show', 36-year-old broadcaster Ryan Tubridy gives his reaction to taking over the long running chat show.

  • Title
    Ryan Tubridy New Late Late Presenter
  • 1st Broadcast
    11/05/2009
  • Contributor
    Sinéad Crowley (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:40
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    New Presenter for World's Longest Running Chat Show
  • Extended description

    Ryan Tubridy talks about becoming the new presenter of 'The Late Late Show' the world's longest running television chat show. Managing Director of Television, Noel Curran outlines the thinking behind the appointment of Ryan Tubridy and the hopes for the future of 'The Late Late Show'.

  • Information

    'The Late Late Show' was intended to be a summer "filler" but proved so successful with the public that it became part of the regular schedule. The idea for the programme came from the show's producer, Tom McGrath, who wanted to present an Irish version of the American talk show 'The Tonight Show'.

    Gay Byrne was to be the show's presenter and would remain so for the next 37 years. Tom McGrath's original idea was that the show would be informal and have the feel of people dropping in for a chat.

    'The Late Late Show' became an important forum for the airing and debating of many issues in a changing Irish society. The first programme of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcastat 11.20 pm, 6 July 1962. At the time, it was unusual to have a live talk and entertainment show on so late in the day's viewing. On that first show, the guests were Count Cyril McCormack, Ken Gray, George Desmond Hodnett and Harry Thuillier. McGrath would go on to pioneer many other successful variety shows on Irish television.

    Pat Kenny replaced Gay Byrne as presenter in 1999 and remained in that position for 10 years.The programme is still running today and is presented by Ryan Tubridy.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, RTÉ, The Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy, Noel Curran
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2009
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN09/131
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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