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BROADCASTER Pat Kenny believes 2fm should go back to playing just music.

He believes the station's new boss, Dan Healy, could learn from veteran DJ Larry Gogan's attitude to presenting radio.

Kenny (65) was one of the original DJs on the station when its was entirely based around pop music

"2fm is supposed to be the music option, but they have probably gone too far away from that.

"All Larry does is play music and his figures keep going up and up," Pat said of the host of 2fm's Golden Hour, who increased his audience by 1,000 to 84,000 in the latest JNLRs.

Any move towards music by 2fm would provide clearer water between Kenny's own Today programme, on RTE Radio 1, and rival Ryan Tubridy's chat show on 2fm.

 

AUDIENCE

 

However the Prime Time presenter said that boss Healy, a former CEO of both Newstalk and 98FM, must ultimately decide the audience for his station.

"The decision he has to make is whether 2fm goes after the youth market and the market of stations like Spin, or becomes like BBC Radio 2, but that means music too.

"Terry Wogan has always been the biggest draw on BBC Radio 2 and he plays lots and lots of music," he said.

The broadcaster also had this advice for fellow RTE star Ryan Tubridy, who hits 40 this month.

"Ryan will feel differently, in spite of what everybody says. At the same time, he should know that life definitely gets better after 40," he said.

The Prime Time presenter also gave his views on the BAI guidelines, which come into force on July 1 and aim to restrict presenters and reporters from "expressing their on views on matters of public controversy or the subject of current public debate",

"This code will need to be worked for a while, but is not that different to what the RTE has laid down for us as regarding foisting your opinions on people," he said.

However he has predicted confusion over the code.

 

DIFFICULT

 

"I think with this rule it's going to be difficult to adjudicate whether a broadcaster is being deliberately provocative, which is their job, or whether they are voicing their opinion.

"I think the fear is if Pat Kenny comments that, for instance 'the water rates could hit the poor' – is that a view or is it fact?" said Pat.

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