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Jim-Jim to clock back on with his old Strawberry crew

Radio star Jim-Jim Nugent looks to be heading back to his former FM104 Strawberry Alarm Clock home after dramatically quitting 2fm this week.

The Herald can reveal how a major shake-up of the FM104 schedule is under way, with staff expected to be informed of changes later today.

Among those facing the chop are current presenters of The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Jim McCabe and Niamh Crowley, who are expected to lose their slot at the helm of the show.

The pair, who co-host the show each weekday morning from 6-10am, are said to be in jeopardy after there was no significant increase in the programme's ratings in the latest JNLR figures.

It is not clear yet if FM104 boss Margaret Nelson will move Jim and Niamh to a different slot or if they will continue working side by side. Niamh first began working on the show in 2002 when she was given the role of a contributor alongside Jim-Jim and his former co-star Colm Hayes, remaining on the airwaves with them until 2004.

"Niamh and Jim [McCabe] have already been told that the presenter line-up on the Strawberry Alarm Clock is changing but they do not know for definite yet what form it will take," said a station insider.

"They have been warned not to discuss it until an official announcement is made.

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"There is talk that one of them may be kept on alongside Jim-Jim if his move goes ahead, but they won't know for definite until station bosses have finished negotiating a new deal with him.

"Since it was first launched in 2005 the programme has had a consistently changing line-up and those in power feel it's important to keep things fresh.

"There is also concern about rating figures as there was a slight drop in the last JNLRs released," they added.

When contacted by the Herald a spokesperson for the station declined to comment.

Meanwhile, a member of the production crew on the Strawberry Alarm Clock confirmed that they had been asked to attend a meeting about the future format of the show.