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Tubridy gets jitters as his 'Ryan' slot debut looms

RTE's Ryan Tubridy has admitted to feeling the pressure as he gears up to step into the Gerry Ryan slot.

The 37-year-old presenter takes over the high-profile show in less than a week's time as he moves from his former slot on RTE 1 to anchor the 2fm morning programme.

"The new show starts on Monday week. Clouds of nerves forming," he wrote on his Twitter page.

There are huge expectations for the presenter, given that RTE radio bosses are expecting the Late Late Show host to rebuild the listenership figures for the 9-11am slot.

Earlier this summer it was revealed that RTE were hoping to secure a €500,000 sponsorship deal for the new programme, making it the most expensive endorsement in the radio market.

Latest figures, however, have shown the early morning slot has suffered a drop of an average of 10,000 listeners, down to 286,000, over the summer months when it was hosted by a variety of broadcasters. RTE has scrambled to fill the slot since Gerry Ryan's death last April, though Tubridy was always seen as the natural successor.

Smooth

Helping to ensure a smooth transition will be the fact that he will be working with most of the same production team as the Gerry Ryan Show.

Tubridy will be one of the big-name personalities at the press launch for the new RTE Radio schedule launch at Montrose tomorrow.

While admitting he is racked with nerves at the challenge that lies ahead of him, Tubridy says he is looking forward to moving back to his former 2fm home.

"In my new role on RTE 2fm I will be presenting a programme that will be very different, with a different time slot, and a different style of presenting. But I will always be mindful of Gerry and the audience he built up down through the years. I will consider it an honour and a privilege to sit in the chair he sat in for so long," he said.

mfinn@herald.ie