Wednesday 19 September 2018

I want the Late Late and regret not taking BBC job - Mooney


Derek Mooney
Derek Mooney

Broadcaster Derek Mooney has revealed he has his eye on a new presenting role - as the host of the Late Late Show.

The presenter, who last year left RTE Radio 1 to focus on making nature programmes, admitted it has been a life-long dream to host the popular chat show.

However, Derek (48) said that he doesn't believe RTE sees him as a contender for the role.

"I want to do the Late Late Show. I am not joking about that," he said. "Since I was a kid I wanted to host it.

"I don't think the management see me like that.

"This is wrong given the range of subjects we covered on the radio programme."

The Dublin native, who was replaced by Today FM DJ Ray D'Arcy in his old afternoon radio slot, admitted he regrets not taking time off before making the decision to leave his old show.

"I regret probably not taking a break first for two months and considering what I was doing," he said.

"I had thought about it but I probably should've taken the time off and weaned myself off the programme."

Derek, who is now the executive producer of wildlife programming in RTE, admitted that he also wouldn't rule out a move to another station, even after working with the national broadcaster for over 20 years.

"I would consider [moving to another station], of course," he told a Sunday newspaper. "I wouldn't like to leave RTE at the same time because I have worked here all my life. I never wanted to work anywhere else.

"I did get a job offer from the BBC a long time ago before I had a proper job here. I didn't go and I often wonder how it would have played out.

"But I have a very good career here and it would take a lot for me to move, but of course I would consider an offer," he said.

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