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Friday 29 August 2014

Radio stars blast ‘clueless’ RTE following axing of Hector from 2FM

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock says fault lies with RTE and not Hector

Ken Sweeney, Entertainment Editor

Published 19/12/2013 | 07:09

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The two biggest stars of Irish breakfast radio have claimed RTE are utterly clueless when it comes to figuring out breakfast radio.

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DJ Ian Dempsey has outlasted 11 different 2fm breakfast teams and is confident he will see out a few more.

Commenting after Hector O hEochagain became the latest casualty of the breakfast slot, the Today FM host claimed the fault was not with Hector but elsewhere in RTE.

“Once again it appears that RTE Radio has forgotten the fact that 95pc of every great show comes from behind the scenes,” Dempsey said.

The host of the most popular and longest running music breakfast show on Irish radio, had 180,000 listeners in the latest JNLR figures ahead of Breakfast With Hector, which dropped 2,000 listeners book-on-book to 124,000.

His Gift Grub colleague Mario Rosenstock said 2fm didn't have a clue who their audience was.

“Is it 18 to 30? Is it 25 to 44? They keep chopping and changing their identity.

“The only good thing to come out of this is that I can start doing impressions of Hector again, because I like the guy,” said Mario.

Neither did the Today FM comedian believe that Republic of Telly star Jennifer Maguire, along with fellow TV co-star Bernard O'Shea, who have been linked to the 2fm breakfast job, were the answer.

“2fm should be hiring radio people for a radio slot. Radio is not TV. They are two distinct mediums and you need a different personality even if Jennifer Maguire is very funny.

Departure

“Whoever gets the new slot, bring it |on, we will be ready for them,” added Mario.

Speaking about his departure from breakfast radio yesterday, Hector said he was keen to move back into TV.

“I miss the open spaces, I miss the fresh air, I miss standing on the side of Croagh Patrick with a TV crew, so that is it, Breakfast with Hector is coming to and end,” he told listeners.

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