Ryan Tubridy launches ‘passion project’ books podcast

Ryan Tubridy Launches ‘Passion Project’ Books Podcast
Ryan Tubridy, © PA Wire/PA Images
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By Cillian Sherlock, PA

Ryan Tubridy has launched a new podcast about books.

Tubridy, who is taking days off from his Virgin Radio UK show, left national broadcaster RTÉ last year after weeks of controversy relating to the organisation publicly under-reporting payments to him.


The 50-year-old was once RTÉ's highest earner as the face of its flagship Late Late Show.



He was due to return to the organisation under a deal which would have seen him creating a podcast for RTÉ among other duties.

However, director-general Kevin Bakhurst pulled the arrangement, saying he was “particularly disappointed” with a statement released by Tubridy in relation to the controversy around his earnings.

The controversy saw Tubridy and his agent Noel Kelly, as well as senior executives and board members at RTÉ, called before crunch Oireachtas committees which probed a widening crisis at the broadcaster.

Ultimately, Mr Bakhurst decided Tubridy would not return to RTÉ because “trust had broken down”.


Tubridy launched his mid-morning show on the UK network Virgin Radio in January and later characterised the RTÉ controversy as “arguably the best thing that ever happened” to him.

Last week, he told his Virgin Radio listeners that he was “taking a few days off” but teased that there was “big news” coming.

On Thursday, he revealed that the news was the launch of a new podcast: “You’ve guessed it, I’ve got a podcast. And you’ve guessed it, it’s about books.

Ryan Tubridy at Leinster House, Dublin, before giving evidence before two committees
Ryan Tubridy at Leinster House, Dublin, before giving evidence before two Oireachtas committees in July 2023 (Niall Carson/PA)

“It’s called The Bookshelf With Ryan Tubridy – it had to, it’s obvious.”

The weekly podcast, which is in partnership with Eason bookstores, publishes its first episode on podcast apps on Tuesday, April 16th.

Tubridy explained the concept for the podcast in an Instagram post: “The guest comes along with three books from their very own bookshelf: The book from their childhood, the book that made them cry, and the book that changed their life.


“And over the course of a conversation, we have a chat about the people and their lives through the prism of these three beautiful, important books.”

A video podcast of The Bookshelf With Ryan Tubridy will also be available on YouTube.

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