Later this week, RTE will reveal that WLRfm’s Damien Tiernan will succeed Ryan Tubridy as presenter of the Late Late Show.
The replacement announcement, which was not expected until late May, will be made at the RTE Studios in Carriganore on Saturday morning.
It is understood that when Miriam O’Callaghan said she was not interested in the role, the way was clear for RTE executives to make an early appointment.
Damien’s selection will come as a big surprise as he did not figure in the list of candidates drawn up by the bookies.
However, it should not be forgotten that, before he joined WLRfm as the presenter of its flagship morning show, Deise AM, Damien had been RTE’s South East correspondent for many years and had worked on practically all the station’s current affairs programmes. He was also a presenter with RTE’s popular television programme, Ear To The Ground.
It is understood that Damien’s avid interests in politics, sport and music were factors very much in his favour when he was being considered for the position. It is also believed that he did not indicate an interest in the Late Late Show job but was head-hunted by the recruitment team.
Some sources say that, despite stepping down as host, Ryan Tubridy may still co-present the Toy Show on a one-off basis this coming Christmas.
Despite being on-air at the Broadcast Centre in Farronshoneen every morning this week, Damien Tiernan did not return calls made by The Munster Express. However, when contacted, a remark by a member of management at WLRfm was very interesting.
Stating that it was company policy not to comment on rumours, the person added that it should not be automatically assumed that, if a member of staff was offered a position elsewhere, that person would accept it.
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Isn’t tomorrow April 1st?
Absolutely not for me clare Byrne should be the host be the host of the late kate show because a lot of experience and I would like clare Byrne to take over the job I used to work in RTE myself and I met her there let’s b e honest here clare Byrne is the favourite we need a woman to this
It’s not April first yet.
A bit early for an April’s fools is it not!
Bring back Damien O’Reilly for the Late Late
April 1st coming up
Personally, I have never heard of this man.
I don’t think that really matters. I wish him luck because. he will need it.
Happy April Fools day
I believe this, if true, will prove to be an inspired choice.
Wtf. Wlr fm?? Who?????
Its not Aprils fools day allready
I like many more will be changing over from RTE 1 on Friday nights after the News from the end of May on. Every other day there is another name in the hat, I’m afraid it will take along time and a lot of names to fill Ryan Tubridy’s shoes, what a shame he has decided to step down he will be sadly missed.
April Fool 🤣
Oh I nearly forgot isn’t today April the 1st Hmmmmmmmmm
Who is he never heard of him
I’m delighted he’s a good all rounder very good choice 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
What’s today’s date
Lol April 1st
Damien would be an excellent choice.
Has to be April Fool!!!
I dont know of damien but im sure the powers that be made the right choice im dissapointed it wadnt Claire byrne im requesting 2 tickets for the late lste show before ryan leaves it would be a dream come true as ive watched it every friday since gay byrne presented the fab show
This is April fools day 🤔😂
Is this the first of april
And todays date is??
Delighted for Damien great choice. I will actually start watching the show again after many years of absence due to Tubridy presenting it.
April Fools Day joke
Damien has’nt fronted anything on TV
BRING IN A BIG NAME WITH A BROAD KNOWLEDGE OF THINGS !
I wish you all a happy April 1st
Not a good idea. It should have been a WOMAN! There is more great WOMAN out there than Miriam. Im happy to see that she not interested in the position! Why not even consider a joint Man/Woman hosts? Im very unhappy with the selection.
Thank god it not clare 🙏
April fool, I am wide awake
The late late show is out dated should be scraped costing the nation a fortune on a TV liesence to pay outregeous hosts like Ryan tubridy pat Kenny and gay byrne for a show that’s out dated
If he is not interested in presenting Late Late Show.he should consider director General of RTE. Well got with RTE executive
April Fool !!
The first day of April, of course.
Claire Byrne or another female presenter would be the best option to take over the Late Late Show. We want a change and the women are just as good if not better than the men
Will still not be watching Late Late show, candidate not suitable, should be a female.