Tuesday 26 September 2017

2fm chief denies he is planning to axe presenters

Ryan Tubridy is one of 2FM's most famous broadcasters
Ryan Tubridy is one of 2FM's most famous broadcasters
RTE 2FM boss Dan Healy

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

THE head of 2fm has denied he plans to "chuck anyone out" of the station in a major revamp.

Reports had suggested that station boss Dan Healy was about to axe Larry Gogan's Golden Hour and order regionally made shows by Hector O hEochagáin and Will Leahy back to Dublin, from studios in Galway and Limerick.

Not so, said the RTE chief.

Dan Healy told the Herald: "No decision has been taken. Hector is in Galway and Will is in Limerick, that's where they want to stay, and nothing is being done about that. This all speculation."

The former CEO of 98FM also played down reports that 2fm was about to move Larry Gogan's Golden Hour to the weekend schedule.

"Larry's audience for the past few years hasn't budged. It wouldn't be fair to talk about any specific presenters -- we are looking at the entire schedule," he said.

Mr Healy, who has been running the station for five months, said a revamp would not involve firing presenters.

"Instead of going crazy and chucking everyone out, what we are going to do is build our content. Look at the two presenters we have in the mornings -- Hector and Ryan Tubridy (above). You couldn't get bigger names," he said.

Despite this he acknowledged that there were "issues" with the content of 2fm between 7am and 11am.

"We have to be talking in a way that's relevant to people in Dublin and Leinster between the ages of 25 and 34 and paying attention to what our competitors are doing," he said.

Mr Healy said he remained committed to Tubridy's 2fm show despite it dropping another 7,000 listeners, to 152,000, in the latest JNLR figures.

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