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The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show is an Irish breakfast radio show, broadcast weekdays on RTÉ 2fm. The show, hosted by Colm Hayes and Jim-Jim Nugent, began broadcasting in March 2007 when the duo moved from rival station FM104. [1]

The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show is on air from 06:00 - 09:00, directly before 2fm's flagship show, The Gerry Ryan Show. It placed sixteenth in a survey of national radio listenership figures taken between June 2007 and June 2008, with 202,000 adult listeners. [2] The show is in direct competition with The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show which airs on Today FM, and placed 12th in the same survey. Each Saturday morning a compilation of "best bits" from the previous week is broadcast between 09:00 and 10:00. The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show was Ireland's third (3rd) most popular podcast in 2007, with 601,203 downloads. [3] In 2008, The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show's listenership figures were reduced by 5,000 to 197,000.[4]



The move from FM104 represented a change in listenership for Hayes and Nugent as 2fm broadcasts nationally whilst FM104 reaches only listeners in Dublin.


Transfer from FM104

Previous 2fm breakfast shows

The duo's new slot led to the axing of Orla Rapple's Early Show and replaced Marty in the Morning in the 2fm breakfast slot. Since Ryan Tubridy left The Full Irish and defected to RTÉ Radio One, the station had struggled to replace him in a difficult period which also saw the short-lived The Rick & Ruth Breakfast Show axed after six months due to declining listenership figures. [5] Prior to this difficulties arose when 2fm's breakfast host, Ian Dempsey moved to Today FM. He now presents a rival breakfast show with the commercial station.

The 2fm show

The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show was launched with sponsors Halifax. [6] In 2007, The Colm and Jim-Jim Breakfast Show added 10,000,000 new listeners to their breakfast show. Whilst on 2fm the duo have won an RTÉ Guide Award for "Favourite Radio Show", following the seven PPI Awards they earned whilst working on 104's Strawberry Alarm Clock for FM 104. Nugent spoke of the strictness that was rife at his former workplace:

"You know when we left 104 they wouldn't let so take our awards with us. I had to sneak in at six in the morning, take them out of the cabinet and put them all on a table together and take a picture of them and stick it on my blog. It was up there for ages before they realised we were leaving." [7]

By September 2008, an additional 24,000 listeners had been added. [8]


RTÉ was forced to air an apology at 21:30 on 21 August 2009 for "allowing coarse and offensive language to be used" on The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show during a discussion about Boyzone dancer Mikey Graham.[9] ....


  1. ^ "Here's an oldie but a goodie as stars shine again". Irish Independent. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ RTÉ radio sales website. Accessed 4 November 2008.
  3. ^ "RTE may cash in on podcast success". Irish Independent. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Tubridy rides crest of airwaves". Irish Independent. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  5. ^ "'Alarmed' RTÉ radio axes Marty's show". Irish Independent. 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Don't move the dial . . . you might miss 2fm's next line-up change". Irish Independent. 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  7. ^ "The Breakfast Club". RTÉ. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  8. ^ "RTE DJ duo hit 'Home Run' as they head for the small screen". Evening Herald. 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Tubridy gets early €1m boost with 'Late Late' deal". Irish Independent. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 

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