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Changing channels: 98FM pair Dermot & Dave heading to Today FM

It’s expected they’ll take over the midday to 2.30pm slot with the Communicorp broadcaster.

THE LATEST RADIO industry re-shuffle was made official this afternoon, as media group Communicorp confirmed the long-rumoured move of presenter pair Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore from Dublin’s 98FM to Today FM.

The two have been at the station for the past 12 years: eight at the helm of its breakfast show and four in the afternoon drive-time slot.

Whelan has also built a national TV profile during that time, thanks to his Republic of Telly hosting gig, and appearances on The Panel.

A radio industry source suggested Whelan and Moore would be taking over the midday to 2.30pm slot currently occupied by Louise Duffy.

From the press release, here’s what Dermot had to say about the move:

“Other broadcasters have come knocking over the years to try and attract us away but to be honest, the creative track record and reputation of Today FM over so many years made it a simple enough decision to join their stellar line-up.

We’re very excited about moving to Today FM and look forward to having the craic with a wonderful national audience.

Today FM CEO Peter McPartlin, meanwhile, said signing the pair was a “real coup”.

The move will be seen as a step up for the presenters: although both stations are part of the Communicorp stable, the transition will see them broadcast to a national audience and join the likes of household name presenters Ian Dempsey, Ray D’Arcy and Tony Fenton.

DJ Ray Foley moved the other direction two years ago — leaving the lunchtime show he had fronted for six years at Today FM to take up the reins of the 98fm breakfast show.

It’s the latest shake-up to the Dublin station’s weekday schedule in the last few months, after talk-show hosts Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon moved from late night FM104 to launch a new mid-morning slot.

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