Friday 23 February 2018

Hector takes flight with new travel show on Sky

Hector O hEochagain
Hector O hEochagain
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

HIS radio show was dropped by 2FM but now Hector O hEochagain is turning his attention to taking on a show with Sky television.

The 44-year-old broadcaster has revealed that he is set to sign on the dotted line to host a travel series with the British and Irish station.

Hector's popular breakfast slot on 2FM was axed last December.

The Meath native told this newspaper that the move has given him the opportunity to "work on other things".

"I've been pitching projects to other broadcasters and I am in talks now with Sky about a few things, so fingers crossed it all works out," Hector said.

"The main one is the travel show which I'd be doing with a very famous person from the UK. They are looking for the Irish connection with Sky taking over the GAA. It's exciting times ahead."

The Galway-based personality's morning programme brought in 136,000 listeners for RTE radio according to his last JNLR figures -- up 12,000 on the same figures from the previous numbers in January 2013.

When Dan Healy took over the Head of 2FM position, he offered Hector an ultimatum -- to move his show to Dublin or his position may no longer be available.

Hector admitted that he was sad to leave and does miss the airwaves.

He was succeeded by Republic of Telly anchors Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea.

"I miss my soldiers of the dawn on the radio and I can't go five yards without someone talking about the show so I'm thinking of that audience.

"My family is chuffed. Getting up at 20 past five it is not all that nice. I am now sleeping and getting the chance to bring my kids to school," he said.

In addition to more television, Hector has been flexing his producing muscles.

The gaelgoir has been busy putting together a line-up of acts for a music festival in the US.

"It's a brand new festival called iFest in Boston and I'm bringing over the best of Irish music and comedy," he told the Herald.

Fans can also rest assured, the presenter hinted that he could be making a return to the airwaves in the coming months.

"Nothing is signed yet, I have got calls off other Irish radio stations."



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