Patrick Kielty to juggle Late Late with BBC radio show

Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley Pic: Brian McEvoy

Patrick Kielty was announced as the new host of The Late Late Show.

Ryan Tubridy will host his final show on Friday night with Patrick taking on hosting duties in September.

However, queries had been raised about Patrick’s other commitments.

Specifically his BBC radio show which he hosts each Saturday.


The BBC confirmed that he would be continuing to host 5 Live from 9am to 11am.

Thankfully he won’t be hoping on a plane immediately after the Late Late every Friday. Instead broadcast his radio show from the BBC’s studio in Northern Ireland.

“Every arrangement will be put in place to make sure the transition is a seamless as possible,” a source told The Irish Independent.

“There’s only 100 miles between Dublin and Belfast at that time of night, traffic won’t be an issue so the journey would be relatively quick.”

Deirdre O’Kane and Patrick Kielty Pic: Brian McEvoy

If worse comes to worse, Patrick will be able to use a studio within RTÉ to record his show.

It has also been rumoured that the show’s format could be shaken up when Patrick takes over. This could mean that the run-time will be changed significantly.

Ryan Tubridy even voiced his opinion, he told The RTÉ Guide: “The run of 37 or 38 consecutive Fridays of two hours of live TV with four or five parts is too much.”

“They might change that eventually, but it didn’t happen on my watch.”

Patrick Kielty on The Tommy Tiernan Show Pic: RTE

He went on to say that he felt after the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that it would have been the “perfect opportunity” to shake things up.

“Part of the situation of the longer show is that it is so lucrative for the station so why would they turn away revenue? But there should be a discussion about commerce versus content,” he shared.

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