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Stephen Nolan snubs offer from BBC NI colleague Crawley

By Staff Reporter

Stephen Nolan yesterday rejected a bid by his Radio Ulster colleague William Crawley to be interviewed over his wages.

Mr Crawley tweeted yesterday morning while Mr Nolan was on the air: "Stephen Nolan has turned down an invitation from @BBCTalkback to be interviewed on today's programme about BBC salaries."

Mr Nolan told his listeners about the tweet: "What I actually said to William is, I think it is really important for the maximum amount of people to have a chance to listen to someone interviewing me, and I think it is therefore important not to go on the smaller phone-in show but to go on the show which has the bigger audience."

In response, Mr Crawley then tweeted: "I well understand that @StephenNolan would prefer to manage a story about himself on his own show rather than face me in an interview today."

Mr Nolan later posted to deny his on-air jibe had been a joke.

He tweeted: "Not joking. Important that I speak on the most listened to show in NI."

Mr Nolan was interviewed yesterday on Radio Ulster's Evening Extra and BBC Radio Foyle.

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