Ryan Tubridy: With sturdy self-belief, our best-paid broadcaster hits his summer groove

Radio: He knows his style isn’t for everyone, but his enthusiasm is infectious

Behind his carefully-cultivated image as a fuddy-duddy dweeb, Ryan Tubridy (above) is clearly imbued with sturdy self-belief. Photograph: RTÉ

Behind his carefully-cultivated image as a fuddy-duddy dweeb, Ryan Tubridy (above) is clearly imbued with sturdy self-belief. Photograph: RTÉ

Behind his carefully-cultivated image as a fuddy-duddy dweeb, Ryan Tubridy is clearly imbued with sturdy self-belief. It’s not just that he has the assured poise of someone who’s the State’s best-paid broadcaster (though that surely bolsters one’s self-worth), he also has a thick skin, at least to the extent of laughing off on-air insults. On Wednesday’s edition of his programme (The Ryan Tubridy Show, RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays), the presenter is in the middle of a jolly chat when his guest casually notes: “This is horrific, having to talk to you.” Far from being offended, Tubridy drily replies: “You wouldn’t be the first person to say that.”

By this stage, one wonders if Tubs knows what the word 'great' actually means

Of course, it’s a light-hearted exchange between himself and English screenwriter Georgia Pritchett, prompted by the presenter’s (correct) observation that his guest is shy. But while infectiously enjoyable, the conversation is also testament to the host’s confidence in his own instincts, even as he acknowledges his style isn’t for everyone. 

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