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This week in Radio 10/4/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

RTE’s trade union group voted against some cost saving measures this week. It’s unclear what this will mean in the long term but it’s likely there will be many further discussions on this in the coming months

Read the story here

In other RTE news this week, the death has been announced of broadcaster and songwriter Shay Healy. He was 78. May he rest in peace.

Read the story here

Winners have been announced in a county Clare radio drama competition. Groups sent in submissions and these were then played on Community station SBCR.

Read the story here

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻

This Week In Radio 3/4/20

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

RTE waved DAB goodbye this week signalling the end of legal DAB in Ireland. The stations on the multiplex continue online and can be heard using RTÉ Radio Player.

Listen here

Today FM are launching an all Irish music Stream tomorrow. Today FM all Irish will be available on the Today FM app.

Go to the Today FM website

And finally this week the book show is returning to Radio One. the show will feature loads of guests from the literary world so have a listen if it’s your thing.

Get the details here

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻

This Week in Radio 27/3/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Graham Norton now has a sponsor for his radio show. The deal with Waitrose will last 12 months and because the show is ad free Waitrose is the only brand heard in the show.

Read the story on Radio Today UK

Host of morning Ireland Mary Wilson has got Married after putting things on hold due to lockdown. Congrats from the Radio Land Team.

Read the story here

Finally you might notice we are a bit later today. That’s because the summery is moving to Saturday evenings instead of mornings. The format is remaining the same but the time is just moving a bit.

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This Week In Radio 20/3/20

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

The team behind Christmas FM returned to the air for Patrick‘s day. The station was designed to celebrate Irish culture and could be heard on the Christmas FM app.

Read the story on Radio Today

It would appear that the Classic Hits and Nova breakfast swap is going ahead. I heard a Promo for the new show on classic Hits during the week. Don’t have a link as there’s nothing much online so you’ll need to take my word for it.

No link but you can trust me😃

Finally a new report from NUI Galway show a lack of Irish language content on radio stations in Ireland. On average after Irish speaking stations are taken out the amount stands around 2% of total output.

Read the story on the Irish Times

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This Week In Radio 13/3/20

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Classic Hits and Radio Nova announced on Monday that they will swap breakfast shows from April. Listeners on Classic Hits in particular were not happy as they would no longer be able to”wake up happy with PJ and Jim”. no more has been said on the swap since. Radio Today explain what happened in detail so check out the link.

Read the story on Radio Today

RTE have loads of radio sponsorship opportunities available as well as sponsorships for RTE guide.

Check out details and prices here

Finally Rian Tubridy is taking a week and a half off his radio show later this month. Oliver Callan will host the show while Rian is away.

Read the story here

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This Week In Radio 6/3/2020

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Rte announced this week that they will end DAB transmission at the end of March. Services like RTE gold and the other digital stations will continue online.

Read the story on Radio Today

There have been new reports that eoghan McDermett is leaving RTE 2FM. He reportedly took unexpected annual leave and has now decided to quit. Nothing certtain yet so we can only wait and see.

Read the stor on Dublin Live

Qradio Presenter Declan Wilson hosted his last afternoon show on the station on Friday before his move to breakfast. Best of luck to him from us at Radio Land

Read the story on Radio Today UK

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What’s happening with Comunicorp?

Most weeks we cover three stories related to the Irish radio industry but this week it’s worth taking a bit of a deeper look at one massive story that will likely impact the industry for years to come.

What happened?

Comunicorp who are the largest independent radio broadcaster in Ireland this week agreed a deal to be acquired by Bauer, a large German media company.

The news was announced on thursday morning and came as a surprise to many in the media industry. We had heard previously that Bauer were targeting Irish advertisers but this still came as a bit of a shock.

Websites like TheJournal described it as a bombshell but after every surprise deal like this come a lot of questions and reactions. I will attempt to put some of this into context but it’s worth noting that we really don’t know a lot at this point.

The impact of this will only begin to be truly realised in the next few weeks, months and years so we can only speculate for now. Let’s try however to answer a few questions and see where it takes us.

What stations does this impact?

Comunicorp owns many stations so it’s impossible to give a massive list but the main stations are

  • Today FM
  • Newstalk
  • Spin 1038 and Spin South West
  • 98FM
  • All the Goloud stations
  • Off the ball

There are other online stations and training stations but those are the main ones.

Is this a done deal?

Not yet. All this needs to be approved by a few regulators who will examine the deal to ensure competition is maintained in the industry.

How much did Comunicorp cost?

We can’t be 100% sure but RTE reports that the deal was worth over €100 million. That’s a lot of money.

This does lead to many hoping for large investments in Irish radio.

What does this mean for the future?

The short answer is we have no idea

There could be Job losses or a massive hiring drive. We really can’t say for now. This will only become clear when Bauer start putting there stamp on Comunicorp.

A few things are predictable however. There will almost definatly be a push for more podcasting and a faster transition to digital in general but after that we can’t really be sure what will happen until it actually happens.

Now we wait

It’s going to be an interesting road ahead so it’s going to be fascinating to wait and see how this goes. But for now all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

We will continue to post radio news here on Radio Land and other sites like Radio Today do a fantastic job covering stories day to day. So check back next week when we should be back to a bit more normality.

This Week In Radio 20/02/21

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Shane Bucks has been announced as the presenter of the Hit Mix which will air on both 96fm and Live95. The show starts in March. Best of luck Shane from the Radio Land team.

Check out the tweet

98fm have got some new imaging on Air thanks to Wisebuddah. You can listen to them at the below link.

Check them out here

And finally this week a reminder that if you have radio news worth sharing you can always email news@radioland.org or use the contact page.

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And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻

This Week IN Radio 13/02:21

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

New JNLR figures on digital listening were published this week and there are a few interesting stats to go through.

Check out the story on the Journal

Lottie Ryan of 2FM has announced she’s having a baby🎉 huge congrats to her and all the family.

Check out the Insta post here

And in news that shows the continued rise of podcasts Just Eat announced there sponsorship of the Tellybox podcast. Did somebody say Just Eat?

Get the details on Radio Today

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻

This Week In Radio 6/02/21

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

RTE announced some of there cost cutting plans to try stabilise the broadcasters finances . This situation will be very interesting to watch and all we can really do is wait and see how things go.

Read details on Breaking News

In some sad news this week a UK based radio presenter was found dead in studio following his show. Mike James had been with Dee radio for 15 years. May he rest in peace.

Read the full story on Radio Today

And finally in some lighter news commercial stations can now apply for funding in a new round of the sound and vision fund. This round is for productions to help people through the pandemic.

Full details as always are on the BAI website

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻