Byrne takes over 2fm mid-morning slot as shake-up continues

RTÉ star Ryan Tubridy urged 2FM listeners to stay faithful to the station during its shake-up of the daytime schedule as Nicky Byrne adds star power to its line-up.

The former Westlife star is the latest name to be added to the station in the time slot which featured DJ Colm Hayes.

This comes just weeks after comedian Jennifer Maguire was unveiled as the new presenter of the station’s breakfast show, alongside her Republic of Telly co-star Bernard O’Shea and radio stalwart Keith Walsh.

Ryan Tubridy told his audience he was excited about the new faces in Montrose: “It all sounds a bit chaotic but there is sense to it all and it will make sense in due course... There is a lot of change here and I can understand people going ‘What is happening?!’ It is only a radio station, a radio station I happen to love and I hope a lot of you like it but it’s not life or death so don’t take it too seriously.”

He said there was a buzz around 2fm once again with the arrival of a string of new presenters this month: “There is a new shot of life in the place and you can sense that with all the comings and goings and the new heads and it’s getting busy again which is good.

“We have a new breakfast show. I’m going nowhere and then afterwards we will have Nicky.

“I can tell you Nicky Byrne is taking over at 11 o’clock with a female (presenter), I don’t know which one, and he is one of the nicest men in the business and he will be great.”

Last night, RTÉ confirmed Colm Hayes was moving to the Drivetime slot and that Limerick man Will Leahy was moving to the weekend drivetime slot every Saturday and Sunday.

The former Westlife star said he was very excited to be signing up for the new show which he is expecting to front from 11am until 2pm: “I am absolutely thrilled. It’s very daunting for me but I’m really, really looking forward to it. It’s very exciting.

“I’ve always as a kid listened to radio stations and looked at TV presenters and always fancied that kind of line of work and then obviously with Westlife it went bananas.”

The father of three, who is currently touring England with Strictly Come Dancing, said it feels great to have landed his first day job, which means he will be at home with his children.

The Late Late Show host joked: “We will see you in a few weeks’ time in your new school uniform. We will push you about the place a little bit and get your school lunch money and then we’ll become best friends.”


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