Friday 26 May 2017

Jim Jim denies rift with former breakfast show partner Colm

Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent were poached from FM104 by RTE in 2007
Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent were poached from FM104 by RTE in 2007

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

THE 2fm Breakfast Show presenter Jim Jim Nugent has denied any rift with long-time co-presenter Colm Hayes after it emerged the two would no longer host a programme together.

Next Wednesday, RTE will announce their new radio schedule but sources say the timetable will see the break-up of the Strawberry Alarm Clock team.

Poached from Dublin station FM104 in a wave of publicity in January 2007, in recent times their 2fm Breakfast Show has suffered a 16pc year-on-year decline in JNLR figures.

Now it appears the duo are to split, but RTE confirmed last night that both would remain on 2fm.

"They will both be staying with the station. We won't be saying anything else until the launch next week," said a station spokesman.

However, Jim Jim has denied reports of a rift with Hayes, who has been presenting with Lucy Kennedy in the old Gerry Ryan slot in recent months.

Asked if he was still friends with Colm, Jim Jim laughed and said: "Yes, but I am not going to comment any further than that."

Row

The 35-year-old broadcaster went on to deny rumours he had stormed out of RTE last week after a row with management over his new, yet-to-be announced, slot with 2fm.

"I've heard this too but it's not true. That didn't happen and I was holidays last week," Jim Jim said.

One radio insider claimed the undoing of the once inseparable radio team had been RTE's decision to team Colm Hayes up with presenter Lucy Kennedy to temporarily fill Gerry Ryan's former mid-morning radio slot.

"Colm seems to have found another Jim Jim in Lucy Kennedy but Jim Jim hasn't found another Colm yet," said the RTE insider.

Colm was on leave yesterday and unavailable for comment, but a station source said his new slot on 2fm would not be with Lucy Kennedy.

Irish Independent

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