Friday 15 December 2017

Hector Ó hEochagáin plans return to TG4 with new travel series

Hector O hEochagain
Hector O hEochagain

Sharon McGowan

Hector O hEochagain looks set to return to his TV roots as he works on a new series for TG4.

The Gaeilgeoir presenter (46) started out his broadcasting career with the Irish-language channel and revealed he will return to TG4 with a new travel series to celebrate their 20th year on air next year.

"TG4 are 20 years on the go next year. Back in the day we won three or four IFTAS for our travel show of which I am very proud.

"So I'm putting the [crew] back together, we are going back on the road after 10 years," Hector told the Herald.

According to the Meath man, the new series will either involve travelling Central America or travelling places around the world that are at the same latitude as Hector's hometown.

"We might go to Central America or I might take the latitude of Navan and circumvent the globe," he said.

"So we might call the show Hector Central or Latitude Hector."

Along with returning to the Galway-based channel, Hector is also working on another new series which he recently pitched to a British station.

"I can't say anything at the moment. I've been looking on something for a year-and-a-half and hoping to get it off the ground.

"It's my own idea and I am going abroad with it, so fingers crossed.

"October could be a very important month for us."

The former 2fm breakfast show presenter is filling in for Ian Dempsey on his Today FM breakfast show.

Despite being radio rivals in the past, Hector said that he couldn't be happier sitting in for the broadcasting veteran.

"Ian legged it for a week and I got the magic call to fill in for a guy who was my rival for years and years," he said at the Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together launch.

"He was the enemy on breakfast radio but when they asked me to fill in, I felt so good about it - and proud."


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