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Ryan Tubridy

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

It's one of the few night's in the year when kids are allowed to stay up and watch the television, as RTE brings us the Late Late Toy Show. This year Ryan Tubridy will be hosting the most popular show of the year, and he's here to talk about the toys, the famous faces, and if he'll wear the 'jumper'.

The Toy Show is this Friday at 9.30pm on RTE One.

"Ryan Tubridy is a television and radio presenter on Radio Telefis Eireann in Ireland. Ryan was born in Blackrock, Dublin and is the nephew of former MEP Niall Andrews, and the former Cabinet minister David Andrews. Tubridy was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, where he studied History and Greek and Roman Civilisation.

Following university Tubridy entered RTE where he worked as a reporter for presenters Gerry Ryan and Pat Kenny, as well as occasionally presenting the radio show Five Seven Live. In the summer of 1999 Tubridy presented Morning Glory on RTE Radio 1 and in July of 2000 he moved to The Sunday Show, one of Radio 1's premiere Sunday morning shows. From 2002 until 2005 he presented RTE 2FM's hugely popular morning show, The Full Irish. He currently presents The Tubridy Show, weekday mornings on Radio 1, having taken over from Marian Finucane. Tubridy has also hosted the Esat BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS twice, in 2003 and also for the 40th anniversary celebration of the competition in 2004.

In 2003, he was made the presenter of the high-profile Rose of Tralee competition, in which women of Irish descent from all over the world compete to be named 'The Rose of Tralee'. The programme, which runs over two nights and dominates the TV schedule in August every year, was previously presented by Late Late Show presenter Gay Byrne, Derek Davis and Marty Whelan.

Summer 2004 saw Tubridy present his own game show, All Kinds of Everything. In October 2004, Tubridy was put in the role of host of the newly created Tubridy Tonight, a live Saturday night chat show. The show proved so successful that in May 2009, Ryan was announced as the host of the Late Late Show, the world's longest running chat show.

Since taking the big seat, viewership figures have been phenomenal with a 1.6 million reach. Ryan's charismatic and warm personality has attracted a huge amount of Irish and international superstars since the show aired on September 4th, including Vince Vaughan, Joan Collins, Jermaine Jackson, Kelly, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Carr, Ant and Dec, Riki Lake, Cilla Black, Taoiseach Brian Cowen and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and he is only getting started".

"Ryan Tubridy's "career began with a complaint" when the 12-year-old wrote to RTÉ to say that they were not showing enough films for young people. The precise date is branded into his brain: "February 20, 1986. Possibly the most important day of my professional life.

He was going to the cinema with his dad and brother, and ultimately we ran out of films to go to for our age group and I thought 'c'mon, there must be more'. My dad suggested that I write to the newspaper so I did and it all changed. That was the first step on the Yellow Brick Road." He was invited onto Anything Goes to review films and later came book reviews on Poparama".

After college he became a runner on The Gerry Ryan Show. He regards Gerry as a great friend. In 2008 Ryan interviewed Gerry on Gerry's 'Ryan Confidential'.

While studying at UCD he started a thesis on JFK but never finished it. In 2009 he signed a two book deal with Harper Collins. He will write a book about JFK's visit to Ireland in 1963. The book will be released in 2010.