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Radio Nova name row

RADIO Nova chiefs have defended accusations that their decision to resurrect the 1980s station name was "in bad taste".

The new commercial station, which will begin broadcasting in September, is accused of basing its branding on the original station.

The wife of the late owner of the original station, Sybil Fennell, feels it is in poor taste to use the Nova name, but noted, "legally there is nothing I can do about it."

However, while David Tighe, CEO of the new Radio Nova, admitted the name was appealing due to its history, they didn't mean to offend relatives of the late Chris Cary, the original Radio Nova founder.

"We certainly didn't set out to upset anyone in selecting the name, but it is just a name -- albeit one with a great legacy but already in use, worldwide."

"Chris Cary, the original Radio Nova founder, was ahead of his time and paved the way for many of the commercial radio stations of today," Mr Tighe said.

"A level of blandness has crept into broadcasting in Ireland today," he added. "There's a hunger for something new, fun and quite frankly, different.

"Gerry Ryan was different and you could always rely on him for an interesting opinion and a show spiked with humour and irreverence."

Radio Nova will broadcast from September on 100.3FM.