Monday 22 January 2018

RTE spent €122,808 on Tubridy's loft-style set

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

RTE has spent €409,574 on refurbishing the set of the Late Late Show since 2007.

At the beginning of the year host Ryan Tubridy unveiled an upgraded New York loft-style set which cost the national broadcaster €122,808.

The new set was created in-house by RTE production designer Marcella Power and the construction and parts were supplied by Irish companies.

The last time the set was renovated was in 2009 when Tubridy took over the reins of the long-running chat show from Pat Kenny.

Despite the country being in deep recession at the time, the set was refurbished to usher Tubridy into his new role at a cost of €112,611.

The Herald can also reveal that the set had already undergone a refit only two years before at a cost of €174,155.

Tubridy recently spoke of his delight at having put his stamp on the set of the longest-running chat show in the world.

"The set was from five years ago and I'd been looking for a new one," he said. "It's more New York and like a loft. To me it's unique and very new to RTE - very warm.

"I wanted it to be relaxed and I think all the guests from the UK and US will come in now and say, 'Wow, this is really high end'.


"The seats are even gone - it should have always been a couch and now it is.

"My desk is just amazing - and clearly I'm very happy with it."

An RTE spokesman said they believe the cost of the recent redesign is money well spent.

"The cost included set build and materials, furniture, props, drapes, LED lighting, signage, carpet, scenic painting, timber flooring, backdrops, light entertainment interchangeable stages and audience area backdrops," they said.

"This new set, while being versatile, is also good value for money."

This season's Late Late Show has an average viewership of 617,600 viewers.


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