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Ryan Tubridy, on The Late Late Show

Further to an article in yesterday’s Irish Mail on Sunday in which it was reported that an unnamed source claimed The Late Late Show is in “need of a revamp” on foot of poor figures for the most recent season…

RTÉ has released the following statement…

RTÉ One categorically rejects any suggestion that The Late Late Show is in need of a revamp.

RTÉ One channel controller Adrian Lynch said: “This has been an extremely successful year for The Late Late Show. It has bucked wider television trends to increase its audience share, maintaining its position as Ireland’s biggest TV show.

“Any suggestion that the show is in need of a revamp is ridiculous. This is a programme that continues to draw the biggest weekly audiences on Irish television and regularly provides the talking point of the weekend for people around the country. We are very happy with how the show has performed over the last year. Any broadcaster would be delighted to have a show like The Late Late Show as their flagship programme, consistently delivering week on week”.

The consolidated* average audience for the 2015/16 series of The Late Late Show was 583,300 and the average share** of the available audience was 42.1 per cent. This compares to a consolidated average of 599,900 for the 2014/15 series and a share of 41.6 per cent.

While there has been a extremely modest drop in terms of the thousands watching, The Late Late Show confounded industry trends this year and actually increased its share of the available audience watching television at the time.

Adrian Lynch said: “The Late Late Show is a winning formula that viewers continue to embrace wholeheartedly, as clearly demonstrated by the fact that this year the show has increased its share of the available audience. This is a significant feat at a time when viewers can choose from more television channels than ever before and one that the Late Late team should be very proud of”.

Viewers are also watching the show on a wider variety of platforms including RTÉ One +1, RTÉ Player and On Demand.

There was an increase in the average number of people watching the show on RTÉ One + 1 this year (up to 17,100 Live+VOSDAL*** in 2015/16 from 13,000 in 2014/15).

The show is also doing exceptionally well on RTÉ Player with total streams of 1,735,700 for this season, a 9 per cent increase in streams on the previous season (Sept 2014 – May 2015).


Ratings Source: TAM Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM

*Average consolidated audience – consolidated data incorporates VCR, DVDR and PVR playback viewing that took place within 7 days of the original broadcast. This time-shifted viewing is added to the live data to produce consolidated viewing data. Consolidated data is available eight days after the original transmission date. This data is the ‘TAM Gold Standard’ used by the industry to report and trade on.

**Share – The percentage of the total audience watching television at the time

***Live+VOSDAL – Live + Viewed On Same Day As Live – average reflects the average number of viewers across a programme or series, expressed in 000s. TV viewing is measured minute-by-minute, so the average audience is the average across all of these minutes

Thanks Gareth

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From top: Hozier and recently retired RTÉ reporter Valerie Cox

Gareth Naughton writes:

Hozier will be in studio to chat about his global success, what the last two years have been like and what’s next as he prepares for that difficult second album. And we’ll have his biggest fans in studio to get answers to the questions they’ve always been dying to ask.

In the week that specialists at Tallaght Hospital identified injuries in teenage players normally associated with violent trauma, The Late Late Show will be hearing from rugby pundit George Hook on his own concerns about the effect of rugby becoming an increasingly higher impact game.

As he finds himself embroiled in controversy around his views on concussion in the game and Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton, Hook will be giving his very frank views on how extensive the problem really is and telling viewers why he believes the rugby authorities are sticking their heads in the sand rather than confronting it.

As much-loved veteran radio reporter Valerie Cox retires, she joins Ryan to talk about her stellar career and how a recent visit to the Greek island of Kos to cover the refugee crisis for a television documentary shook her to her core and convinced her that Ireland is shirking its responsibilities.

We’ll be hearing from Simon Weston who became an iconic symbol of the terrible impact of war when he suffered severe burns to his face after his ship was bombed during the Falklands War. Funnyman Reginald D Hunter will talk about making it big as a US stand-up on this side of the Atlantic.


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Sinéad O’Connor and Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last night

Further to Sinéad O’Connor’s appearance on last night’s Late Late Show, in which she mentioned that she had been shown footage of a woman being thrown to the ground by a guard during an Irish Water protest, she writes on her website:

“The un-named RTE employee who showed me footage yesterday of male Gardai throwing a woman into a concrete bollard during a water charges protest, and did so in order to request I ‘get on board’ with the subject, has been on the phone to me this afternoon begging I remove from my blog, the mention of his having shown me the footage as he is terrified he will lose his job because having shown me the footage (which has been in full public circulation for two weeks anyway!) prompted me to discuss non-violent revolution and the creation of a Second Republic of Ireland.”

“Needless to point out the utter hypocrisy of this person asking me to voice what he hasn’t the courage to voice himself. I requested he remove his cock and balls from the mouth of the state and have the same courage as I, to stand by one’s convictions.The very idea someone could be terrified they might be fired for showing me the footage says an awful lot about RTE. And Ryan says its not State TV? To quote Geldof “That’s a load of bollox”.”

RTE employee terrified of losing job for showing me footage of water protests (Sinéad O’Connor)

Previously: Turning Tables