Friday 21 July 2017

Former 2FM star Colm Hayes set for 'new challenge' with Radio Nova

Colm Hayes and Al Porter at The Vodafone Comedy Festival 2015 launch at The Odeon
Colm Hayes and Al Porter at The Vodafone Comedy Festival 2015 launch at The Odeon
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Broadcaster Colm Hayes has signed a three-year deal as programme director with Dublin-based station Radio Nova.

The former 2fm broadcaster left the station in July after 10 years with RTE and said he had "no regrets" about moving on to pursue other projects.

"I had a wonderful 10 years in 2fm but we drifted apart near the end and I knew I needed a new challenge and this is it," he said.

"There were a few offers on the table, [but] Nova just feels right."

Colm Hayes and wife Anne at the Irish premiere of Billy Elliot The Musical atthe Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Pictures: Brian McEvoy
Colm Hayes and wife Anne at the Irish premiere of Billy Elliot The Musical atthe Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

While he said he may "pop up" on the airwaves, his new role will be mainly managerial.

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He also invited Al Porter, who he trained up at 2fm, into the station and said that he was "always welcome" on Radio Nova.

Prior to this, Hayes was programme director at FM104 and presented the Strawberry Alarm Clock until 2007 when he and partner Jim-Jim Nugent were offered a new slot on RTE.

Hayes recently worked with Cycle Against Suicide and helped organise its annual two-week ride around Ireland, describing it as an "amazing experience".

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