‘Mr Marbella’ Maurice Boland back on air

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‘Mr Marbella’ Maurice Boland back on air

DISGRACED radio DJ Maurice Boland is returning to the airwaves for the first time since his close relationship with a 16-year-old girl was exposed.

The Olive Press can reveal that the Irish entertainer, AKA ‘Mr Marbella’ is to start a regular slot on Heart FM, based in Coin, from next month.

He will take over the afternoon show from current station boss Lee Jay on May 1 on an initial three month contract.

This will follow a two hour in-depth interview in which he admits his mistake over his relationship with the teenage singer.

Last night Boland told the paper: “I am pleased to be back.”

And he added: “I have no problem discussing the issue. I will welcome any questions that people want to put to me. If someone wants to phone up and attack me I am going to ask why.”

The broadcaster, 62, had set out to help the teenager forge a musical career but their relationship had evolved and he had made a “terrible mistake.”

He helped the Sotogrande International School pupil to come runner up in local talent competition the WOW Factor and was guiding her musical career.

He has been out of the limelight for the past nine months since having his contract terminated at Talk Radio Europe (TRE), as exclusively revealed at the time by the Olive Press.

We revealed how the outraged parents had turned up at the radio station demanding to see him before he was then sacked.

The parents have since relocated with their daughter back to the UK due to the affair.

“We have no idea what the response will be from the public and everything will depend on that,” said producer Sid Olivera, who grilled him for the two-hour special, expected to be aired later this month.

“He was pretty honest but was very guarded with his answers, I am sure he will talk his way out of it on air.

“If he goes on air and is flippant it just won’t work, he’ll rub people up the wrong way. He’s going to have to admit it happened and say: ‘I’m sorry’, can we now move on?

“Either way, there is no doubt he’s sorely missed on the coast.”

Married for 40 years, with three children, Boland had worked since the 1980s in Marbella, interviewing famous people including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Cliff Richard and Jeffrey Archer.

Heart FM Station boss Lee Jay added: “So far the reaction has been very favourable, people can’t wait to get Maurice back.

“He will be putting out the same kind of show as before, which was obviously a very successful format and is the sort of thing that people want”.

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  1. Why do you all or some of you keep saying stop it leave it be let it rest get a life.
    If people wish to comment hear or elsewhere (i believe typically spanish has comments on the subject too)they have the right to do so which ever side of the fence they fall on.
    This obsessive censorship some of you seem to want is frightening to say the least .Freedom of speech and the right to express an opinion.
    There said my bit and never mentioned Maurice Boland or the woman once.

  2. This is one of the comments we have received from a happy listener…………..
    It was with some pleasure that I read about the return to radio of Maurice Boland. My congratulations to Heart FM.

    I will admit that I have not bothered to read any of the allegations against this man but I am absolutely staggered that, in this day and age, someone who has put so much effort into helping the people of the Costa del Sol should be pilloried for what would appear to be a single mistake.

    Nowhere have I seen any claims that Mr Boland is a serial debaucher of young women – and I am sure that there have been many attempts to find other instances. Indfeed, the clamour of “me too!” victims appears to be deafening in its silence.

    As I see it, the basic situation here is that while mentoring a 16 year old girl, Mr Boland got a case of the galloping gonads and allowed himself to behave innappropriately.

    While this can be a great opportunity for everybody to seek the high moral ground, I wonder how many other older men could have resisted the temptation?

    Great weight is given to the age of the girl. Have you looked at the 16 year olds walking the streets nowadays? Whenever I walk past my local school, I wonder where the pupils are. Women stream out of the school and immediately seem to meet up with boy friends. As an old man I find it difficult, when simply walking past these women, to keep my thoughts righteous. To be thrust into a close and necessarily intimate relationship with such a creature would certainly strain my self control.

    The parents taking the girl out of Spain would seem, to me, a double edged precaution. They say they are putting her out of reach of Mr Boland (as though the massive cost of his stupìdity would not restrain him) but aren’t they also putting Mr Boland out of her reach? (internet and telephone notwithstanding) Do they not trust their daughter to behave properly, in future?

    There seems toi have been a great deal of self righteous breast beating on this matter – more than a little of it being in the vein of “but for the opportunity, there go I”.

    Maybe Mr Boland has not handled the discovery of his philandering very well. He is an egotist and probably did not see that the hubris that has been generated would, in fact, arise.

    Face it, if Mr Boland had been Fred Bloggs, nothing much would have been heard of this. The girl was of an age to consent to all that happened and so, no crime has been committed – only the error of giving enemies the amunition with which to shoot Mr Boland down.

    There is an old axiom that seems to have been ignored – “It takes two to tango”. If one of the two is an ambitious young woman and the other is an old man desperate to prove that he still has what it takes, maybe the tango would be the last one in Paris

  3. yet another comment…………….
    What a relief for Spain and the English-speaking listeners to know that Maurice Boland is returning to the airwaves here. After doing so much good for many years and becoming in the process a house-hold name here, his professionalism is only equalled not surpassed. His fall from grace was really undeserved where we should have accepted his open apology as his wife and family are reported to have done, and TRE is suffering the loss. While some blame Maurice for the slip which was not a crime here in Spain, we forget that most of us, especially the critics, are also guilty as we have done little to stop the sexualisation of our youngsters who grow up thinking that sex is the answer to everything, even perhaps advancing a career. It “takes two to tango”, and Maurice was a victim too. After the on-and-off air insulting comments by the new manager at TRE, I think that many will be switching to HEARTFM to hear Maurice’s dulcet tones and wise words; if they have already not switched off TRE.

  4. I have read all the comments for and against Maurice of which there are a lot, they at least show that the man does spark public interest, and I applaud Heart FM for giving him another chance to show his radio skills. I have known Maurice for many, many years and he is a good man at heart (no pun intended). OK, he has used the various charitable events etc to further his own career, but in doing so has raised his own profile which has allowed him to do even more for charity. He has not committed any crime, maybe a very grave mistake at his age, but I am sure he is not totally to blame, I don’t know the whole circumstances of the case, only Maurice and the girl involved know that, but she was obviously starstruck and was probably a willing partner to what occured in a bid to further her career, she must have been otherwise there would have been charges of rape. Maurice, we run a small radio station down here in the Campo de Gibraltar, and if we could afford you would have wished to have you on our team. This guy has committed no crime, maybe he has been a little bit silly, but it is now old news, for gods sake let him (and his family) get on with their lives. There are much more important things going on in this world to worry ourselves about.
    Mike Martin
    Bay FM

  5. Welcome back Maurice!
    The costa del sol was missing something without your particular style of reverie on the airwaves. Do what you do best and ignore the detractors. Life is too short and you have to get on with it. Those who choose not to, usually have their own petty agendas to pursue. Ignore them.
    I first heard your rich Irish brogue back in 1996 and it became for me, a flavour of expatriate Andalucia. Get it back my friend. Good Luck and I have fingers crossed for you.
    Your friend and with this I remain… the enigmatic in Canada.
    DBG

  6. Well, I have just fallen about laughing! No Boland on Heartfm! Because . . . . . they have no telephone line! Laughable, amateurish, predictable. Boland has found an appropriate home. I was listening, to hear how he would handle any calls about his disgraceful behaviour with a tennage girl, behaviour which would have landed him in hot water in most other countries. But alas no. Ha Ha! Heartfm showed themselves for what they are by publishing nonsense from alleged listeners about TRE. I bet that Tre couldn’t give a damn about heart, or Boland for that matter. Heart is a grubby little station without class. A perfect match!

  7. I still wonder why there is this fear of competition with regards talk radio in general and specifically towards TRE. do they have the monopoly on chat ? Why shouldn’t heartfm have an afternoon show with maurice hosting it, and yes it has been delayed because the telephone link will not be connected till the 9Th that being the fault of spanish telecom not heartfm or maurice .

  8. Do you know what REALLY makes me laugh? Ignorant statements like yours Catherin Tomas. Let me see if i can help you understand what happens in a radio station. Of course Heart fm have a telephone line etc, The Boland type show needs a very different kind of telephone system so the studio can take in more than one call at a time and make out calls at the same time. Its a complex piece equipment which is coming from the UK (didn’t arrive in time, ask the couriers!!) You talk about his ‘disgraceful behaviour’ so i assume you know the exact details of this alleged ‘disgraceful behaviour’? No, i don’t think so. Was your source everything you read in newspapers or just idle gossip. The disgrace belongs to people like you and what perhaps is in your dirty minds. The tone of your letter is vindictive and smells of something much more than an angry person letting of steam. I detect other issues here. Perhaps you should go back to your own radio station

  9. well said kim bravo, I hope your comment stays where it is as it states more or less what i tried to say before but was not allowed to do so . Still i suppose this one will get neatly edited as well.
    I have to agree with you that there does seem by the likes of Catherine Tomas and others to be a hidden agenda. what with those saying “get a life ,let it drop, grubby little radio station, nonsense from alleged listeners about TRE. ETC. ETC. ETC.
    I WANTED TO ASK MAURICE if he has a list of the personalities and celebs that he has interviewed ,here are just a few i can remember , Lonnie donegan, Max bygraves, lionel Blair,chubby checker , terry wogan, Jeffery archer,Norman wisdom,cliff Richard,Robert Wagner, Kenny lynch, no wait anybody out there care to carry on because there are many many more, gay burn,petula Clarke.

  10. I haven’t bothered to count the comments, much less get accurate figures between for against or neutral on Mr Boland.

    What is clear there are some who display a, rather prurient, interest in the events of some eight months ago. Whatever the moral position is, and on that point let s/he who is without sin cast the first stone, nothing illegal happened, no complaint was substantiated, if any were made, by the authorities and, as far as I am aware he has remained on the Costa del Sol.

    He is entitled to make a living, his broadcasting will live or die on its merits. The vitriol shown by some on here will simply be counter-productive by giving publicity to both him and his new radio station.

    Get some perspective on this, in the time since it happened there have been earthquakes, civil wars and other catastrophes causing tens of thousands of deaths, in the grand scheme of things what does one man going back to broadcasting matter? Have these same people opined with such force on these things?

  11. KIM BIRD….hhmmmm, I think you have just given away so much in your last comment – you seem to have A LOT of inside knowledge, and Mr.Toad, another one. Both your comments strike me that you two are the ones with the hidden agenda, and the hidden identity….anyone with any common sense knows you have just blown how close you really are to Maurice Boland himself.
    Therefore how relevent or meaningful are any of your previous posts.
    So sad.

  12. Oh dear oh dear mat ,I take it you are the mat court who posted earlier, then posted just as mat, I cannot speak for Kim BIRD APART FROM ONE IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH.
    Well i , Mr toad have been around for a long time a thorn often in maurice,s side as said before he and I have always shown the respect due to each other(little or much) . SO what Mat is your problem? I do not understand you who were the alledged bob hampton , who revealed all to every body , but wait that is only speculation and an opinion only so you should disregard , my connections with maurice are known by all , my connection with kim bird is well on here and that is all, god forgive i am getting worst i seem to have dropped into verse.
    No jokes apart you have the problem Mat and if you wish to discuss and acknowledge your true identity we can discuss it further on here.
    You know this is not about who and what has been done but more about what you feel underneath come on out and say it let,s deal with what you really feel mat.

  13. Two questions you seem to be ignoring that I have asked in reply to all your postings mat . Are you mat court and if you are do you deny posting on several sites as bob hampton. A simple yes or no will do though of course one could just lie with their answer but ignoring the questions as you have done before is giving an afirmative answer . As regards my hidden agenda with MAURICE I want to come clean he has offered me great sackfuls of money to say nice things about him and I am now a rich man well I will be when the tight fisted so and so pays up !

  14. Toad has a cheek! He also posts here under the guise of bob babcok. Look at how he doesn´t understand the difference between a comma and an apostrophe lol. I am Irish. I have no agenda, I listen to more than one Spanish station when I am down here. As a woman, Boland disgusts me. And Before his sister/friend/flunky Kim Bird starts whining, HE OWNED UP TO IT! Or are you conveniently forgetting that. I do not care about him going back to radio. He will have an audience of people who are happy to listen to someone tell them at every opportunity, how much he does for charity. Maurice Bolans is Walter Mitty. He believes he is famous. He believes he is important. Those are the faults that made him a terrible interviewer, who spoke about himself as much as he asked questions of his guest.

  15. One final word on the matter of aliases. Mat is an anagram of tam tam oh shanter was a hereo in one of Robbie burns poems the SCOTTISH POET.NOW THE structure AND phraseology OF YOUR WORDS MAT are not dissimilar to a certain person who has a Scottish bent, well this is a riddle lets see if you can work it out . Who is english but claims to be Scottish, he wears a kilt but has no tartan, that,s why it,s always black. he often says mmmm, lets talk.
    I use an alias MR. Toad given me by the late craig james you use another person,s name to put the ownness on to them it is quite different.Would the real mat court be totally blameless for the above remarks.
    Hampton anagram of namphot ,steel rail dog nail,flathead weegen , scots term of insult.

  16. hogan as in hogans run?oh still whatever hang me for a comma sweety. Oh yes I have two cheeks –no four but that is another matter .
    Well you will not be listening in then the immorality factor I presume .Your Irish but not Jewish Irish as mr boland is Ipresume so as 98% are catholic in Ireland one could presume you are catholic, me well atheist I do not believe or fear a all blessing all fearing god or the Roth of that person , sorry super being. I say this to give you the satisfaction if you are catholic then you believe in heaven and hell and that is where myself and maurice will be going .
    Oh and it,s bob babCOCK NOT babcok you know .MY grammar and punctuation is unconventional but that,s private education for you ,though my school was approved by her majesty,s government.
    you are so right that as a woman maurice boland would disgust me but he is not a woman he is a man with all the faults that go with that.
    The overall fact of the matter is that mobo is going to be back on radio if you do not like that then do not listen but allow those who wish to to do so or do you wish to inforce a ban on maurice going on the radio ? do you feel we will all be corupted? May be you are right he should be banned ,stoned , cast out into the wilderness of oooh out there inland in the “heart” of the campo.

  17. Heart Fm doesn’t have a phone! It’s side splittingly funny! Nowhere on their homepage is there a contact telephone number. So Kim Bird is talking nonsense when she says they are waiting for a special piece of equipment. What a joke. A radio station which doesn’t have a telephone contract! They and Boland suit each other. I bet TRE are terrified! I do not deny the right to Boland to work, but I will choose not to listen, not because of what he did, but because he is simply awful.

  18. Saoirse (name)
    Saoirse Irish Freedom, the monthly organ of the Republican Sinn Féin
    Saoirse na hÉireann, a small Irish republican paramilitary group
    Saoirse (horse), Canadian Champion racehorse
    which one are you Richie
    Michael Costa Blanca7-5-2011 17:53Everyone makes mistakes, and surley your allowed one, I feel sorry for Maurices family, but that is something they can sort out between themselves, this should have nothing to do with his work the man is a hard worker and has done many wonderfull things in the past, lets talk about those things, the poor man is getting more bad publicity than Berasconi !!!. I can only wish you all the best Maurice and look forward to hearing you back on air soon, Oh don´t pay too much attention to your so called friends at Talk Radio Europe, you know who the good ones are, what goes round comes round.

  19. So Toad says that if he was a woman Boland WOULD disgust him. No more needs to be said about him. My being a woman has little to bear on my opinion of Boland. Boland used the pulpit which was his radio show to preach about predators, paedophiles, the catholic church and the like. He mentioned his dear wife and family a hundred times a day. He told us a million times, what a wonderful man he is, and how much he has done for charity.

    The people working at TRE provided him with excellent guests, which he squandered in awful, cringeworthy interviews by talking over the interviewee and telling us how special he was and how well known in Ireland he was. Thats funny, very few people in Dublin have a clue who Maurice Boland is. Like I said before, Walter Mitty! As other fans of radio have said here, I do not begrudge the man a job at all. My reason for posting here is to provide an antidote to the rubbish from Kim Bird and Toad.

  20. you are some what transparent richard!!Devereux is a surname found throughout the French-speaking world (from French origin) and Daudier (Irish-French). It is of Norman origin, meaning d’Évreux or “from Évreux” a town in Normandy, France. The name is also found in Wexford, where the Normans first landed in Ireland from Pembrokeshire.

    The similar name Devereaux is a misspelling of the surname resulting from the various ways of pronouncing it – the placename is pronounced “Ev-rer” and the surname may be pronounced Dever-o, Dever-oo, Dever-ooks, Dev-erah or Dev-rah. It may refer to:

    The Devereux Foundation, non-profit organization founded by Helena Devereux that operates facilities providing services for persons with developmental, educational and emotional disabilities, including:Those having attended are the bennetts, jamisons,allens,both allan and richard,gillymores, and the mcmurraries.

  21. I have to say hogan(me toad you hogan)I am really impressed
    by how well informed you are considering you cannot stand the man, as your wealth of imformation on him ,his interviews, the staff at TRE, for all that to be correct you must have listened everyday.Now do not deny it because if you did not listen to Maurice you would not have all those facts that you say he said and did.
    Oh by the way you say you are only posting to provide an antidote, err are you sure that is what you ment to say not anedote,as an antidote is a medicine used to counteract a disease or poison, on secound thoughts maybe you did.
    I am a sort of antichrist to you the devil incarnate perhaps, though I only say what I See and mean no disrespect to your good self

  22. Saoirse Hogan: Ah well here we go again another person who never listens to Boland, As detective Colombo would say ‘Just one moment, there’s something not quite right here for someone who NEVER listens to Boland , I quote from your posting: ‘He preaches about predators, paedophiles, the catholic church and the like. He mentioned his dear wife and family a hundred times a day. He told us a million times, what a wonderful man he is, and how much he has done for charity’. NOTE: ‘he mentions his family a hundred times a day and, and he told us millions of times how wonderful he is’, Now Saoirse Hogan may I be so bold to point out to someone who NEVER listens to Boland you’ve just slightly contradicted yourself there. I leave it up to the readers to work this one out.

  23. boland has not paid for his crime, he just hid for a few months. He is an appalling presenter who loves the sound of his own voice & repeatedly lies on air. He has no morals, the girl in question was 16 when he was caught, but how old was she when their relationship started?

  24. So what if he did or did not do anything. even if he did she was 16 and consenting. Let it drop. The guy is a great broadcaster.

    David Beckham, Wayne Rooney etc they have all cheated on their wives but that is soon forgotten when they go on the pitch.

    Let Maurice do what he is good at and stop dragging up the past.

  25. Whatever people feel he has done its his own and his wifes affair – I have been there and things are never black or white. Never the less he is a good broadcaster there can be no doubt about that. For my part I always enjoyed his programmes and it looks like I will still be able to do so.
    Good luck to him and heart felt feelings for his lady. Peace to all involved Helen

  26. Wel Mel that is one way of looking at it you should check out Talk radio europe on facebook that being the company.
    He has gone because he was a demigod his ego bigger than himself , and (well he supported M.U. and U.2.)LETS FACE IT HE WAS NOT UP TO THE JOB HE WAS DOING.
    He would not of got the sack if he was .
    THERE IS ALOT OF PAST HISTORY NOT KNOWN .
    Still this is not good for TRE there are slowly slipping down the plug hole.
    Martin Nathan you need to put you faith in your MD he knows what needs doing just let him do it!

  27. I disagree. Richie presented well, only his accent really annoyed some (pedantic) people. He certainly wasn’t dismissed over the quality of his work, if so, it would have happened long ago and certainly not suddenly on a Monday morning with no notice. I suspect that, as I said, he rocked the little (rapidly sinking) boat and questioned certain aspects of management and, as we all know, ya don’t do that in a private company with a disregard for any form of ethical policy on employment.

  28. Mr Toad, are you the same creature that caused the closure of REM TRE forum ?. Suddenly you are singing Maurices praise. I think you are two faced and although you always tell us how good you are at Spanish,I think you should try to learn English spelling. Get off this forum and crawl back under your stone. Maurice Boland is an oppotunist, who has ruined peoples lives. Wills.

  29. What a tangled web we weave! Mr Toad seems very informed, whats your connection? is it Steve or Martin? lets see if we can enlighten those who may not have the inside scoop as well as Mr Toad. Should we begin by noting that TRE as well as most English stations on the Costa del Sol are unlicensed! It always amazes me when people who live in glass houses throw stones? listening to this station since 2003 has been a roller coaster ride, from Mobo’s over inflated ego to poor Hannah’s inadequacy in replacing Mary. In breaking down the presenters we can start with “Howard” professional all the way! Steve no radio training or journalistic credentials whatsoever yet was given his chance by the very one he betrayed at the end and was rewarded by being placed in charge! What was Martin smoking? “Allan” competent engineer, not really a presenter, “Gillie Revill” professional and competent. Now we come to the the topic of what happened with Richi? was it financial or was it as Mr Toad writes “not up to the job”? that’s an interesting supposition but creates more questions than answers. Was their a disagreement between Steve and Richi in how the station was being run? or was Martin concerned looking over his shoulder thinking MoBo was communicating with Richi and gave him an ultimatum? more questions than answers. At the end of the day the question is how long can Martin continue covering monthly deficits? when does he stop and smell the roses or as Mr Toad writes put your faith in your MD? Mel was right, Richi rocked the boat, Steve felt threatened and that was the nail in the coffin, nothing to do with “not up to the job or hanging on by a knifes edge” as to lots of past history not known? we can say that about the inner circle!

  30. Wills La nucia you really should get your facts right the TRE forum was closed down after maurice had left and closed down by Steve Gilmour ,why? not because of me I had not been posting on there for 6 months as i was posting on stephen ritson,s forum. If you do not beleive me ask steve gilmour I did and I quote “we at tre feel that the image a forum projects to our advertisers is of a negative nature,so we have decided to close it down.
    As regards my spelling that is a private boarding school education for you.For more infomation on TRE I think they have a facebook page?

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