RTE are renowned the length and breadth of Ireland for keeping hold of the talent they have placed in their pocket, so it’s unlikely they will ever ask Gay Byrne to retire unless he asks. Unsurprisingly considering his back-and-forth decisions to leave his broadcasting career behind, Gay has commented that he is not the type to retire but will cut back on his work with the station.
Speaking to The Irish Independent, he mused “I don't know what I am going to do, but I don't think I will do any more contracts with RTE […] I will be 80 in August and that seems like a good round figure to wrap things up on and to enjoy as much time as I have left. But I don't know how I would feel with no outlet for my views. Retirement would not suit me”.
His decision to maintain his position in the RTE ranks has stirred a lot of feathers among the public, as many see his act as inadvertently blocking the next generation from reaching their fulfilment due to his seniority and power. However, the presenter disclosed he may step down from his current radio show Lyric FM by RTE, so perhaps he is limiting himself to a much smaller number of projects after all.
He stated “It's my last programme for the current season because I don't want to work during the summer and every Sunday would be gone if I continued on. I am in a situation where I am undecided what I want to do.”