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Saturday 19 April 2014

DJ switches to rival station after failing to agree contract

Barry Egan talks to Neil Prendeville who has no recollection of commiting an indescretion on an aeroplane.
Photo: Tony Gavin 5/11/10
Neil Prendeville

CONTROVERSIAL talk show presenter Neil Prendeville (pictured) has quit his job at Cork 96fm after "contract discussions broke down".

Rival Cork radio station, Red FM, last night tweeted that Mr Prendeville was making the switch to it. The radio presenter shot to notoriety four years ago following a humiliating episode when he exposed himself and masturbated on board an Aer Lingus flight.

Staff at the Cork radio station were informed by email at close of business last night that Mr Prendeville would no longer be working with them.

They were told that contract discussions, which had been ongoing, had "failed to reach agreement" and that he was leaving.

Sources last night said Mr Prendeville had not been asked to work out any notice and that fellow DJ PJ Coogan – who had filled in for the outspoken host on previous occasions while he was on holidays – has been drafted in as a temporary replacement for the popular morning show, which averages around 100,000 listeners.

CEO of Cork 96FM Kieran McGeary is currently away on holidays.

It is understood that Mr Prendeville had taken "a massive cut" in his salary following his high-profile incident in 2010 when he was witnessed masturbating on board a flight.

Mr Prendeville afterwards explained that he had consumed painkillers and alcohol throughout the day before boarding the flight and said that he remembered nothing of the events.

Irish Independent

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