Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.
Here’s What Happened
The 96FM Giving For Living Radiothon is back for 2022. The event, which raises money for cork Cancer services, returned on Thursday and will run until this evening.
The 2022 event is raising money for
- The Mercy Hospital foundation
- The CUH
- Cork Arc Cancer support house
- Breakthrough cancer research
The event always raises loads of money for some great causes, and also creates some fantastic radio along the way.
Best wishes to everyone involved, hopefully this year will be another massive success.
Claire Byrne has stepped down from her TV show in order to focus on her radio gig. Claire has hosted Today with Claire Byrne on Radio 1, replacing Sean o’ Rourke in the slot from 2020.
She’s been hosting Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One Television since 2015, but now that show is ending to allow Claire to focus on her Radio 1 job. RTE are developing ideas for a new show, so it will be interesting to see what replaces it.
This news didn’t really come as a surprise for those of us who follow the industry. Claire has been very honest in the past, explaining how she felt she wasn’t spending enough time with her family. she spoke about how she knew she was in a very privileged position, but also that she found her two jobs exhausting.
Hopefully Claire is able to manage things a bit better now and hopefully we get a great new show replacing Claire Byrne Live on TV.
Finally this week, I wanted to share an article from the Irish Times. Usually something like this might end up in quick bits, but there’s simply too much information here for that.
We’ve talked many times about the debate surrounding Irish music on Irish radio. But many still comment on the issue. We got an Irish Times article on the subject this week and we learned a lot from it.
- We got an insight into IMRO royalty payments
- We heard about the breakdown of airplay for signed artists versus independent artists
- And we got interesting perspectives from those in both the music and radio industry.
I’d highly recommend having a read of the article linked below. Somehow I think this is a debate that will be continuing for years to come.