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Friday 15 December 2017

Ed Sheeran: Suspension of FM104 presenters has 'nothing to do with me'

FM 104 radio presenters, Jim Jim Nugent, left and Mark noble presenters of the Strawberry Alarm Clock
FM 104 radio presenters, Jim Jim Nugent, left and Mark noble presenters of the Strawberry Alarm Clock

Ed Sheeran has responded to the suspension of FM104 Strawberry Alarm Clock presenters Jim Jim Nugent and Mark Noble by saying it has "nothing to do with" him.

The 'Give Me Love' singer tweeted in response to Independent.ie's report on the DJs suspension from the station after they broke the embargo on the Croke Park gig announcement on their show this morning.

News of Ed Sheeran's upcoming gig at Croke Park was due to be revealed at 8.55am, with the singer appearing on Ryan Tubridy's 2FM show at that time to announce the news himself.

However, Jim Jim and Nobby broke the story prior to the embargo and were promptly taken off air and replaced by DJ Killian O'Sullivan.

A statement was issued on the show's Facebook page which reads:

"This morning on FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock presenters Jim Jim and Nobby broke an embargo concerning the Ed Sheeran concert at Croke Park.

"The embargo was enforced until 8.55am, which the presenters were fully aware of. Due to the edgy nature of the show, Jim Jim and Nobby teased the news prior to the agreed time and left listeners in little doubt as to who was going to be announced.

"Despite getting a phone call from FM104’s CEO Margaret Nelson confirming the embargo last night, the guys didn’t take it seriously enough.

Read More: Ed Sheeran to play Croke Park in July

"After a difference of opinion, Programme Director Dave Kelly went into the studio at 9am and told the presenters that due to the seriousness of their actions they would be suspended until further notice.

"The presenters have been asked, however, to facilitate their car giveaway final with Volkswagen Ireland tomorrow morning. Disciplinary action will be taken, but beyond that FM104 cannot confirm details."

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