Saturday 24 February 2018

Dropped 2FM DJ Colm Hayes: 'Any 2FM DJ over the age of 40 should be looking over their shoulder'

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DJ Colm Hayes has warned any DJ in 2FM who is over the age of 40 to look over their shoulder.

The star’s warning comes after yesterday’s announcement that he is leaving national radio station 2FM after a decade on air.

“I think any DJ in 2FM now who is over 40 should be looking over their shoulder,” he told today’s Irish Sun.

“At the moment, 2FM are chasing a new younger audience, and believe having a veteran DJ on air might put kids off switching over.”

The star admitted that he has now reached a crossroads in his career, but he insisted that his broadcasting ambitions will continue.

“I’m not retiring. I love radio and being who I am but I need to step into a more mature style of broadcasting.”

“It seems 2FM are burning off the older audience but can’t recruit the younger audience quick enough to replace them.”

“That’s why they’ve seen a wobble in the past year. Only time will tell if they can do it.”

Colm joined RTE ten years ago, initially to co-present 2fm’s flagship Colm and Jim Jim’s Breakfast Show.

In 2014, he was one of the highest-paid presenters at the national broadcaster, earning €169,992.

Al Porter has been earmarked for Hayes' weekend slot on RTE, the Herald revealed today.

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