Tuesday 28 March 2017

DJ in 'lewd act' probe back on air in 10 days

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

RADIO star Neil Prendeville, who has been on five months leave following a controversy over an alleged lewd act, is due back on air within the next 10 days.

Talks are under way between Prendeville and media giants UTV over his imminent return to the UTV-owned Cork radio station, 96FM.

However, neither the broadcaster nor the station would comment on mounting speculation last night that his return could take place as early as the next fortnight.

Earlier this month, gardai confirmed that the star would not face prosecution over allegations he engaged in a lewd act on an Aer Lingus flight.

Mr Prendeville was the focus of a lengthy garda probe after allegations he first exposed himself and then masturbated underneath an in-flight magazine on the Heathrow-Cork flight on October 19 last.

The father-of-two -- who has been spending his time at his Douglas home -- was unavailable for comment yesterday.

But friends said that he is hoping for an early return to work after what one described as "a nightmare five months".

96FM sources stressed that while staff were aware of the ongoing speculation, they had no knowledge of a specific return date for Mr Prendeville.

A UTV spokesman was unable to comment to the Irish Independent on the matter last night.

Painkillers

A crunch meeting already took place in Dublin two weeks ago between the broadcaster and his UTV bosses.

It also remains unclear whether Mr Prendeville will return to the airwaves or will instead undertake a studio production or management role.

The €150,000-a year broadcaster has been off air since the controversy broke on November 3 last. He said he had absolutely no recollection of the alleged incident after consuming pain-killers on top of three pints of Guinness, three bottles of lager and a copious amount of wine.

Irish Independent

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