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24th May 2023

Patrick Kielty plans to host the Late Late as well as his Saturday morning BBC radio show

Ellen Fitzpatrick

New Late Late Show host Patrick Kielty is set to have a busier schedule than we thought as he takes over the show from Ryan Tubridy.

News has already broken that the comedian is set to stay living in London for the foreseeable as he front the Late Late each Friday, but even more about his live over there has emerged.

Patrick is expected to remain at the helm of his BBC radio show on a Saturday morning, giving him on nine and a half hours to head back to the UK and be in the studio – and on air.

Patrick currently hosts 5 Line between 9am and 11am every Saturday morning.

Many have wondered how the father of two will juggle both the Late Late Show and his radio gig after it was announced he wold be taking on the Irish role last weekend.

While many think he may eventually give up his post in the BBC, for now he is set to try out how doing both will work.

The BBC has confirmed that Patrick will continue on air in a statement following RTÉ’s announcement that he would not be stepping down from any other work commitments.

Both RTÉ and the BBC have come to an agreement that will allow Patrick to commute from London to Dublin each week.

Rather than returning to London immediately after the show finishes on a Friday night, Patrick plans to broadcast the BBC show from their studios in Northern Ireland.

“By using BBC’s Northern Ireland studios for his show, there won’t be any messing around on planes, flying in and out of Heathrow to make sure he’s back in time for his weekend show.

“Every arrangement will be put in place to make sure the transition is a seamless as possible.

“There’s only 100 miles between Dublin and Belfast at that time of night, traffic won’t be an issue so the journey would be relatively quick,” an RTÉ source told the Irish Independent.


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