Silence from Classic Hits and Nova amid scheduling changes backlash

Ireland’s Classic Hits has announced a swap in breakfast line-ups with sister station Radio Nova.

From April 1st, PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe will take over breakfast on Nova, while Colm Hayes and Lucy Kennedy will move to Classic Hits. Colm has also recently taken over as Content Director of Classic Hits.

The scheduling changes have incited backlash towards Classic Hits. Listeners have shared their outrage at the decision online, posting that they will no longer be tuning into the station.

The announcement was originally teased across both stations social media accounts on Saturday, March 5th.

Both shows announced the change on-air on March 8th. Classic Hits also posted a video of PJ and Jim making the announcement on Facebook but it has since been removed.

Only one post acknowledging the change from both stations remains online. This comes in the form of Classic Hits retweeting producer Mike Hogan who has said he will remain as the station’s breakfast show producer.

Speaking on-air about the move, PJ Gallagher said, “We’ve had such a great time here at Classic Hits. It’s been six and a half years of coming in, having fun, winning awards and hanging out with [Jim]”

The pair urged their listeners to follow them to Nova using the station app and smart speaker devices at home.

“I love the music in Classic Hits,” Lucy Kennedy said on Nova. “We have loved Radio Nova, and personally what I’ve loved more than the music is the listeners… We’ve had a laugh.”

Both shows will finish with their current stations this week and recommence on their new stations from April 1st.

In an attempt to confirm if the move is still going ahead, RadioToday has contacted Classic Hits and Nova’s owner Bay Broadcasting for an up-to-date statement and will update this story if a response is received.


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9 Comments
  1. John moloney says

    Yeah from April first….. April fools Day, they got ye there!!!! I don’t listen to it anymore anyway thanks to its repetitive nature and boylan

    1. Anne says

      I love listening to PJ and Jim in the morning will not be tuning in any more so disappointed

  2. Ciaran says

    Yeah…The 7 listeners to Classic Hits are outraged…C’mon…Give it a week & people won’t even remember who was on that breakfast show. 🤣🤣

  3. Ken tubbert says

    That’s exactly what I thought also. Good April fools joke.

  4. Rebecca says

    I’m so gutted I love Pj and Jim in the morning. Won’t tune in anymore 😕

  5. Darren says

    The only reason I listen to 4fm is because of pj and Jim, won’t be listening to 4fm anymore. And I don’t like radio novas music. Bad move by the stations management.

  6. Martina says

    Very disappointed that Jim and PJ are moving, why change
    when it is working so well, what a shame

  7. Sarah says

    I will not listen to 4fm ever again. Pj and Jim kept me going this past year coming off night duty. They make me smile after a hard night’s work.

  8. Helen says

    No way will I listen to Lucy Kennedy loved PJ and Jim I am not listening any more gone to a different station.

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