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Saturday 23 September 2017

'Today FM has deeper pockets' - 2FM boss says it couldn't afford Al

Al Porter
Al Porter

RTE 2FM missed out on securing Al Porter as part of their on-air line-up because it could not provide him with the money or "the prime-time slot he wanted".

2FM boss Dan Healy described Al as a "brilliant and dynamic guy and broadcaster", but said the station could not compete with Today FM.

He said the rival station had access to "deeper pockets" than RTE.

"They can write cheques," Healy said, adding that "we couldn't provide him with the slot he wanted".

Last year, Al co-hosted Drive By with Colm Hayes, until Hayes left the station.

Al had been in talks with producers at 2FM last year regarding a new radio show, but a programme failed to materialise.

Willing

At the time, Al said: "I was willing and ready to be able to make something happen with 2fm but it just didn't happen."

Last month it was announced that the Tallaght native would be taking over the lunchtime slot on Today FM.

The news came after it was announced that Dermot and Dave would be taking over Anton Savage's former slot.

Talking about his new gig at Today FM, Al said: "I am looking forward to being in their homes every day, not as a comedian but as a friend."

Healy said it was disappointing Al is not part of the station, but added he is happy with the current 2FM line-up.

"We are sticking with the schedule," he said.

"We have fantastic presenters and great shows. We unapologetically lost a lot of people over the age of 45 so we could become a young station and that's the direction we are moving in," he added.

Ideas

Al (24) still has a good working relationship with RTE and is currently developing several TV ideas with the broadcaster.

He has cited Graham Norton as his career inspiration.

Last year, he picked up the TV Rising Star award at the IFTAs.

Al will begin his new show on Today FM on Monday from noon-2.30pm.

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