The production team behind Neil Prendeville’s talk show is set to quit 96FM to join him at rival station, Cork’s RedFM.
Senior producer Emer O’Hea-Martin, who has been with the station for 13 years, and producer, Colm Moore, who joined in 2006, both handed in their notice yesterday.
They will continue producing Ireland’s most listened to local radio talk show for stand-in presenter PJ Coogan, 96FM’s chief news correspondent, until the middle of March.
But the duo will begin producing Mr Prendeville’s The Neil Prendeville Show from RedFM’s Bishopstown studios from March 31.
It is understood the decision came after talks with Diarmuid O’Leary, RedFM’s chief executive, who earlier this week revealed he had poached Mr Prendeville for his station.
“We’ve had a great run at 96FM and have made some fantastic friends over the years but earlier this afternoon we handed in our notice,” Ms O’Hea-Martin said last night.
“I’m confident Neil, Colm, and I will continue to make great radio with the support of the people of Cork, who make the show what it is.”
She also said she was very impressed by Mr O’Leary’s vision and enthusiasm for building a new radio station for Cork.
Mr Prendeville spoke exclusively to the Irish Examiner on Wednesday about his shock departure from 96FM to its main rival after a 25-year career.
He said the UTV-owned station put “its best foot forward” during contract negotiations, but the six-figure deal he signed would move him out of a precarious financial situation.
He remains in contract with 96FM until March 28 but is no longer on the air.
Mr Prendeville’s show — which attracts an audience of some 116,000 adults every day — is the most listened to local radio show in the country.
It generates a significant amount of advertising revenue for 96FM.
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