Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sex-act DJ 'relieved' to be back on airwaves

Ralph Riegel

Broadcaster Neil Prendeville (49) returned to the hotseat yesterday and thanked his radio bosses for having "balls of steel".

The radio host, who was caught up in controversy over an alleged lewd act, said he was "relieved and grateful" to be back behind the microphone at Cork's 96FM for the first time in five months.

Mr Prendeville said he was "totally overwhelmed" by the support he had received from listeners, colleagues and friends since he gave an interview about the controversy last Friday.

The father of two had his contract terminated by the UTV-owned station in the wake of the allegations about his behaviour on an Aer Lingus flight on October 19. He is alleged to have first exposed himself and then masturbated on an flight from Heathrow to Cork.

Gardai ruled out a prosecution after a lengthy investigation, citing jurisdictional difficulties.

"I do appreciate all of those kind messages and support. I also acknowledge that there will be an amount of people who would not be in support," Mr Prendeville told listeners yesterday.

The programme, which he has hosted for 20 years, boasts more than 100,000 listeners, an audience that once earned the star a contract estimated to be worth €150,000 a year. He has returned to the station on a revised contract.

"I am very grateful to be in this position this morning," he said.

Irish Independent

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