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Aidan finds new home on 98fm's breakfast show

RTE star Aidan Power is set to make the leap from television to radio after landing a new gig with 98fm.

The Herald can exclusively reveal that the former host of RTE's The Cafe will add a new credential to his CV later this month when he takes to the radio airwaves to co-host his own show.

Aidan (31), who has had a steady television broadcasting career with the national broadcaster since joining the station almost 10 years ago, is set to join former Spin presenter Claire Solan to host 98's breakfast show.

The pair have worked together in the past given that Claire was a regular contributor to RTE's The Cafe before it was axed earlier this year when RTE chiefs decided to overhaul their children's programming schedule.

Popular breakfast duo Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, meanwhile, will be making the move to an afternoon slot.

The pair have hosted the morning show for the last eight years and are currently double-jobbing as they present both their old show and their new programme until Aidan and Claire take over.

A spokesperson for 98fm declined to comment on the changes to their schedule when contacted.

However, insiders have revealed that station bosses are planning to make an official announcement before the end of the week.

"Everyone's very excited to have Aidan and Claire joining the line-up and the heads of the station are confident that they're going to be a great success on air together," said a 98 insider.

"It's a great coup to get Aidan on board given that he's such a recognisable face through his television work."

Aidan is also due to take part in the forthcoming series of RTE's Celebrity Bainisteoir this autumn alongside a host of well known names including Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell, Apprentice star Breffny Morgan, Dragon's Den businessman Gavin Duffy and renowned wedding planner Franc, aka Peter Kelly.

Speaking about the reality show, Aidan said his participation in Celebrity Bainisteoir did not mean that he wanted his career to take a different direction.

"It's not about moving away from anything or going back to anything. It's about diversifying, doing projects that interest you," he said.

The popular presenter is also recording a new talent show, SuperCrew, which will be on RTE this autumn.

It will follow a new hip-hop crew as they get coached alongside Jedward for an appearance in the Christmas Pantomime Cinderella, playing at the Olympia in December.