Will Mon­crieff be banned from his own ra­dio show?

As New­stalk DJ pre­pares to be­come a colum­nist at The Ir­ish Times...

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Ni­amh Walsh SHOW­BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR ni­amh.walsh@mailon­sun­day.ie

THE out­right ban of Ir­ish Times writ­ers on Com­mu­ni­corp ra­dio sta­tions – in­clud­ing New­stalk and To­day FM – looks set to take a bizarre twist as New­stalk’s Seán Mon­crieff is set to be un­veiled as a new colum­nist in the news­pa­per.

The Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day has learned

The Ir­ish Times has said the ban seems like an ‘own goal’

that pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter Mr Mon­crieff, will be re­vealed as a colum­nist in the news­pa­per’s soon-to-be re­launched mag­a­zine in the next fort­night. This raises the ques­tion: would Mr Mon­crieff have to ban him­self from his own show?

Sources with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion told the MoS this week ‘they don’t fore­see a prob­lem’ with him tak­ing up a con­trib­u­tor po­si­tion with The Ir­ish Times. The pa­per has said New­stalk’s ban would seem like an ‘own goal’, and they have no is­sue with Mr Mon­crieff tak­ing up a po­si­tion. They added the pa­per is not that ‘petty’. Com­mu­ni­corp made the move af­ter Fin­tan O’Toole wrote a col­umn, crit­i­cis­ing New­stalk’s han­dling of DJ Ge­orge Hook’s con­tro­ver­sial com­ments about rape.

When con­tacted by MoS, a New­stalk spokesper­son seemed to backpedal on their state­ment and ban on Ir­ish Times writ­ers and qual­i­fied it as say­ing the ban ap­plied to ‘jour­nal­ists and staff’ at The Ir­ish Times. On Fri­day, Paul Howard, who writes the Ross O’Car­roll Kelly col­umn in the pa­per, had a sched­uled in­ter­view with Spin FM can­celled due to the ban. He said the ban smacks of a ‘petu­lant move by man­age­ment’.

TWIST: New­stalk’s Sean Mon­crieff is to be­come a new co­lu­mist at The Ir­ish Times

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