Stephen Byrne (broadcaster)
13 May 1990
|Occupation||TV Presenter, Video Blogger, Online Personality|
|Employer||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
|Known for||RTÉ 2fm,Two Tube ApartmentRED and Juice on RTÉ Two; 3sixty5days on Youtube The Guy with the Hair|
Byrne started his television career in September 2008 when producers discovered his YouTube channel, 3sixty5days. He first worked on ApartmentRED, the national broadcaster's first cross-media show which broadcast both online and on RTÉ Two on Saturday mornings. In it, he played an exaggerated version of himself living in an apartment controlled by a Big Brother type character. He left the show after two years in July 2010.
In February 2010, Byrne became the main presenter of Two Tube on RTÉ Two. The show was live for 5 days a week, two hours a day, and discussed current sport, technology, entertainment, and music. In September 2010, Byrne joined the presenting team of TRTÉ's The Rumour Room. Throughout the show he interacted online, talking with the viewers on both Facebook and Twitter directly, allowing them to influence the direction of the show. The programme featured many music videos and sketches that Byrne both scripted and appeared in. In September 2011 he began presenting Juice, a thrice-weekly RTÉ entertainment show featuring celebrity interviews, online audience interaction and style spotting.
In March 2012 Byrne presented #HowToBeIrish for RTÉ One with RTÉ 2fm presenter Rick O'Shea and International IMG model Faye Dinsmore. It was a documentary made entirely from video clips sent in by Irish people worldwide declaring what Irishness means to them. Byrne also shared a story with the audience about his great-grandfather's involvement in the Irish Civil War. It aired at 7.30pm on Saint Patrick's Day and was the first RTÉ programme to be made entirely of user-generated content, as well as the first to be broadcast simultaneously online in a joint venture with YouTube. The show created an enormous amount of buzz[buzzword] with the hashtag #HowToBeIrish trending for 24 hours on Twitter.
In October 2012 Stephen rejoined a newly branded TwoTube. In January 2013 Stephen joined the presenting team of The Voice of Ireland as its new backstage V-Reporter for the second season of the show. From 2013 to 2018 Stephen hosted RTÉ coverage of the Oscar Red Carpet and interview room live from LA. In November 2016 RTÉ aired Playing Straight, a documentary fronted by Stephen exploring the topic of homophobia in football and why Premier League stars still don't come out. In it, he spoke with Amal Fashanu, niece of the late Justin Fashanu
In his 2017 Leaving Again documentary for RTÉ, Stephen undertook the Leaving Certificate again to show the pressure and stress students are put under through the education system and its potential impact on mental health.
Byrne began making comedy videos under the name 3sixty5days in August 2007 when he was 17 years old and has been working on them ever since. In total, his videos have got over 5.4 million views. In February 2009 YouTube featured his video 'Because of YouTube' on the front page of the website. To date, it has over 670,000 views. The video got over 600 video responses. Stephen has spoken both across Ireland and internationally about the effect of online community in modern media. Byrne also parodied Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, calling his own version 'Banana Hands'. The song received both national and international radio airplay on RTÉ 2FM and BBC Radio 1
After a year producing his own content online, he was recruited by RTÉ to star in their first cross-media show, ApartmentRED. The show was watched over 3.5 million times and received many awards across Europe including the Prix Circum for cross-media programming in 2009. In 2009 the show released a three-minute recording of Byrne coughing over samba music into the Irish charts in aid of Reach Out, an online based charity dealing with the awareness of mental health for teenagers. The song charted at No. 1 on the Irish Alternative Charts.
In March 2009, Byrne was voted the RTÉ Guide's Sexiest Male TV Star. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of The Tudors, came in second place. Byrne was also nominated for TV Newcomer of the Year 2010 in the TV Now Awards held in Dublin's Mansion House.
In May 2013 he was announced as one of 15 international winners of YouTube and Google's 'Next Up' competition.
Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives there today. He also spent part of his childhood in Melbourne, Australia. He attended Clonkeen College and The Institute of Education. In his video What is my life? he and Jedward revealed that they attended school together. He currently has a boyfriend.
- Get fit for 2010 (10 April 2009). "Interview with the Sexiest man". Rte Guide. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- "Stephen Byrne: Why 9 years after ripping up my results, I went back to do the Leaving Cert". TheJournal.ie. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.