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Friday 28 November 2014

RTE DJ duo hit 'Home Run' as they head for the small screen

RTE'S Colm and Jim Jim have landed their own primetime TV show, the Herald can exclusively reveal.

The 2FM DJs are teaming up once again for their first TV venture -- and sources close to the pair are confident they will have a hit on their hands.

Colm Hayes and Jim Jim Nugent are due to present a quiz show called 'Home Run' which will be broadcast during RTE's prime time schedule on Sunday evening.

However, the project is being kept under wraps

The show, which is being made by Vision Independent Productions, are looking for members of the public to participate -- with some taking part in the studio and, in an unusual twist, others taking part at home.

This is Colm and Jim Jim's first foray into television -- but RTE chiefs are convinced they are onto a winner with the popular pair. Recent JNLR figures show that the 'Colm & Jim Jim Breakfast Show' on 2FM rose by 24,000 listeners.

The pair made their debut on the RTE station on March 5 of last year after leaving their former station FM104 in controversial circumstances.

The DJs -- who presented the hugely popular 'Strawberry Alarm Clock' for FM104 -- defected to rivals 2FM to head up their morning schedule.

During their time with the Dublin station, they had enjoyed huge success at the annual PPI Radio Awards, where they had won seven awards in the previous five years.

Colm and Jim Jim's arrival to 2FM heralded the move by station chiefs to radically overhaul their schedule in a bid to attract more younger listeners and ditch the 'dinosaur' tag.

The pair took over from Marty Whelan who presented 'Marty in the Morning'. The station had been experiencing difficulties with their all-important breakfast slot since the departure of Ryan Tubridy to RTE Radio One three years ago. Tubridy had been the presenter of the hugely successful 'The Full Irish'.

WHACKY

Meanwhile, many will be interested to see whether Colm and Jim Jim can make a successful transition to TV with their whacky sense of humour.

Ryan Tubridy has enjoyed success on both radio and TV. While Gerry Ryan is hugely popular on radio, he hasn't always had the same luck on TV with critics dismissing his small screen attempts such as 'Ryantown' and 'Secrets'.

However, his series 'Ryan Confidential' has been successful and is attracting big names for Ryan to interview as well as getting hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning in.

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