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2fm chief hopes females give Nicky good reception

THE head of 2FM believes that new radio host Nicky Byrne will be crucial in attracting more young female listeners to the station.

The dad-of-three will take over the broadcaster's 11am slot as part of a shake-up that is aiming to bring in fresh new talent to the station.

He will move into the slot currently occupied by radio stalwart Colm Hayes, but RTE confirmed that Colm will still have a central role in the new 2FM schedule.

'The Hit' presenter will be joined by an experienced but yet unnamed female radio host who is new to 2FM daytime radio.

"The show is going to be speech-based, but fast-paced and we'll aim to bang out 10 tunes in an hour," explained station chief Dan Healy.

"I began talking to Nicky in July because 2FM were working closely with 'The Hit' and we were really impressed with him."

Byrne described undertaking the challenge of daily radio broadcasting as "daunting, but very, very exciting".

He is currently in the UK taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing tour and is expected to return to Dublin at the weekend.