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Hayes to switch slots in 2FM shake up

BROADCASTER Colm Hayes will give up his 11am to 1pm programme on 2FM – but will remain in the daytime schedule.

The 51-year-old will continue in the weekday line-up, but possibly hosting a later slot.

As the Herald revealed this week, rising star Louise McSharry (30) will move from weekends to the weekday schedule, after a successful stint covering for Ryan Tubridy last summer.

However, a well-placed source confirmed McSharry will "absolutely not" be taking over Hayes' early afternoon post.

"As far as the bosses in 2FM are concerned, Colm will be remaining in the weekday daytime schedule and Louise will fit into the evenings," the insider confirmed.

The changes come as 2FM boss Dan Healy attempts to overhaul the RTE station in order to further boost the listenership.

Meanwhile, former FM104 talk show host Adrian Kennedy has endured nearly five months of "gardening leave" since leaving the Dublin music station last September, after 16 years of fronting the late night Phone Show.

Kennedy and his on-air producer Jeremy Dixon were poached last year to front a daytime version of the show on rival broadcaster 98FM.

Shortly afterwards, Kennedy was informed in a phone call that he was replaced by host Chris Barry.

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Because he is still employed at the station as a presenter, he is unable to work in any other capacity. However, Dixon is working at FM104 in a production capacity.

Kennedy (47) said he is counting down the days until he begins his new job on March 1.

"I downloaded an app on my phone and every day I count the number of days I have left until I can work again," hesaid.

"A lot of people say that having six months off while being fully paid would be great, but it's not easy at all. I am so bored and find it soul-destroying.

Kennedy and Dixon set up a new Facebook page to keep in touch with their listeners, and it has already attracted more than 17,000 followers.

He and Dixon are the latest big names to sign with 98FM after Ray Foley joined the station as breakfast host in 2012.

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