RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is the public service broadcaster of Ireland. It both produces programmes and broadcasts on television, radio and the Internet. The radio service began on 1 January 1926,while regular television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961,making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world.
RTÉ is a statutory body run by a board appointed by the Irish Government. Radio Éireann, RTÉ's predecessor and at the time a section of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, was one of 23 founding organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950.
One of RTE’s most famous shows is the Late Late show which airs every Friday. The Late Late Show is Ireland's most popular and prestigious television show and is the longest running chat show in the world.
Originally conceived as a short filler programme for the summer schedule in 1962 on the then fledgling Irish broadcaster Telefís Éireann, The Late Late Show has gone on to become an Irish institution and today is still the most popular programme on television in Ireland.
A glance at the past guest list reads like a who's who of contemporary history: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Oliver Reid, Elton John, U2, President Mary Robinson, Colin Farrell, Bishop Eamon Casey, Peter Sellers, Bob Geldof, Jack Charlton, President Mary McAleese, Jerry Springer, Graham Norton, Cliff Richard, Sonia O'Sullivan, Rod Stewart, Roy Keane.. the list goes on and on.
Ryan Tubridy became the host of The Late Late Show in September 2009, taking over from Pat Kenny. Gay Byrne was the programme's first presenter in 1962 for over 37 years. The Late Late Show has consistently generated 'TV magic' down through the years whether it was launching careers like pop band Boyzone or capturing the mood of a nation.