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Mike Hogan

A FORMER DJ, radio eye-in-the-sky traffic reporter and publishing mogul, Hogan is now a TV talent show producer.

From Athy, the former junior seminary and altar boy's first real job was in ad sales at pirate station Radio Sunshine. He went on to run Radio Nova, and had various roles at other stations, including chopper-bound traffic reporter for Q102, and running Capital Radio (which became FM104).

When the iconic In Dublin magazine came up for sale, Hogan bought it out of liquidation for IR£6,500. It would make him a good few zeros more than that, with its listing ads yielding some IR£400,000 a year at one stage. He began to build a publishing empire.

Hogan was caught up in an unwelcome glare of publicity when In Dublin was banned from publishing for six months by the Censorship Board in 1999 on indecency and obscenity grounds. Unbeknownst to him, ads in its listings pages for "health studios" and staff for massage parlours were connected with more exotic services.

His titles later included Magill, Hello-style glossy Who, Irish Wedding and New Home, building to 38 in all.

After selling off his publishing concerns in the mid-Noughties, Hogan worked in the Caribbean with telecom firm Digicel.

He is executive producer through his company New Comm of the Jamaican TV talent show Rising Stars. Season 8 is currently in full swing on Television Jamaica.

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