Ryan Tubridy returns to presenting for the first time since leaving RTÉ

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has taken on his first presenting gig since splitting with RTÉ.

According to The Sunday Independent, the Dubliner presented a discussion on pensions and financial advice, which was filmed on Thursday afternoon. The panel was held as a part of the upcoming Pensions Awareness Week.

Fellow presenter Gráinne Seoige and entrepreneur Liz Dwyer also took part in the event. The panel discussion is due to be broadcast on the 28th of September. The former Late Late Show host is said to have presented a panel titled, Rediscovering yourself in your second life.

With the blurb reading: “When you walk away from the job, which has filled that work slot during your adult life, you are likely to experience a sense of loss, of dislocation.”

Picture Andres Poveda

Continuing: “Work for most people involves far more than the actual role they perform in their professional life. For many of us, it gives us our sense of self, our identity, in a profound way.”

Ryan’s split from RTÉ was announced in August.

In a statement RTÉ’s Director General Kevin Bakhurst said: “We went into negotiations with Ryan in good faith and in the hopes of reaching an agreement that would see Ryan return to his RTÉ Radio 1 show. I have decided not to continue with negotiations and, as such, there are no plans for Ryan to return to his presenting role with RTÉ at this time.”

“Despite having agreed some of the fundamentals, including fee, duration and hours, regretfully, it is my view that trust between the parties has broken down. Public statements made without consultation appear to question the basis for the necessary restatement of fees paid for services for 2020 and 2021.”

Pic: Andres Poveda

Continuing: “As I set about a programme of recovery from this crisis, it is imperative that all parties are aligned in one key respect: the misstatement of fees should never have happened; and the correct re-statement of those fees is accepted by all.”

“I have been clear since I took up the role of Director-General of RTÉ that I am absolutely committed to restoring trust in this organisation following a shameful period in our history. To achieve this, and fully draw a line between our recent past and present, we must acknowledge and accept the issues that have arisen.”

“Who knows what the future holds, but for now I am concluding the negotiation with Ryan, and focusing on delivering a range of important changes to the operation and culture of this organisation as part of the essential work to restore trust in RTÉ.”


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